Religion and Peace Essay

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Religion and Peace
1) 2) 3) The understanding of peace in religious traditions Peace expressed through the sacred texts- principle teachings on peace Contributions to peace (Individual and World)

Islam and Christianity
The understanding of peace Christianity Concept of peace The New Testament understanding of the word ‘peace’ is living in an idyllic condition and communicating regularly with God, as epitomized by the Garden of Eden. Perfect peace was lost when Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3) but the coming of Christ restored the potential for peace. Therefore belief in Jesus enables humans inner peace in their lives and the looking forward to the day when Jesus will reign supreme on Earth. As Jesus states in John 16:33 peace is found
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You have done well! Enter here and dwell within’ (39:72). Shariah Law is considered the correct path towards peaceful worldly existence. Its focus is on justice and is based on five principle human rights; freedom of the mind, the right to life, the right to own personal property, the right to reproduce, and the right to lead a mentally and physically healthy life. Shariah law is a combination of ideas from the Qur’an and Hadith. The Ninety-Nine names of Allah include many peace-loving qualities including mercy, strength, love and compassion. The Hadith also predicts a time of peace on Earth under the direct rule of Jesus Christ. Jesus will convert Jews and Christians to Islam and happiness and safety will fill the Earth. Unlike
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the New Testament which states Jesus will reign for 1000 years Muhammad claims it will only be as long as Jesus has yet to live his natural lifespan, i.e. 40 years. Fill in the table below Concept Adam and Eve’s disobedience of God Restoring of Peace Christian View Islamic View Agree/disagree

Jesus’ return

Heaven/Paradise

Peace expressed through sacred texts Christianity The Old Testament explains how God feels about violence between his children. "Give God no rest" (Isaiah 62:6-7) until that day when "the wolf and the lamb shall feed together.... They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord" (Isaiah 65:25). "Give God no

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