Essay on Peace

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What is the distinctive response of Christianity and Islam regarding peace?
Christianity and Islam both have had a distinct response to peace. Peace is the central teaching among both religions and the teaching of inner peace and world peace can be conveyed through sacred texts, principal teachings and organisations.
In Christianity, teachings of peace derives from Christ in the New Testament. Peace is at the heart of Jesus’ life and ministry and accordingly it is a foundational element of the the Christian communities that seek to follow him. The New Testament extols peace as a virtue and identifies it as a key element of the reign of God. Jesus himself is known as the “prince of peace” and is regarded as the source of peace, meaning
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This new situation led to a rethinking of the position of the Christian Church in relation to its involvement in warfare. The principal belief in one God demonstrates teachings of world peace as He commands adherents to live morally and in humanity. This is an example of the commandment “love one another as I have loved you”. The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and Pax Christi are current organisation that demonstrate the message of Jesus “love thy neighbour”. The NCCA “works together towards the fulfillment of their mission of common witness, proclamation and service, to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Overall, world peace in Christianity is responded to through the commandments of God and organisation which advocate for world peace.
Islam, as well as Christianity, promotes inner peace through sacred texts and principal teachings. The religion is Islam is essentially one of peace. Peace is evident in the Qur’an from the very first verse “In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most compassionate.” It is through the submission of oneself’s will to Allah, peace is found. The submissiveness to Allah is what ultimately can determine the inner peace of an individual. This cannot be achieved outside of a relationship with Allah. By fulfilling the Five Pillars of Faith, Muslims will find themselves living accordingly to the will of Allah. Through the second pillar of faith, the Salat,

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