The Universal Concept Of Peace In The Holy Bible

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The notion of peace commonly refers to the freedom from disturbance and turmoil as well as tranquillity within society. This universal message of peace in various religious traditions is emulated within significant texts and writings. Christianity’s understanding of worldly and individual peace continues to be communicated within the teachings of the Holy Bible, exclusively the New Testament. In a similar sense the Jewish interpretation of peace has been shaped by the various understandings and teachings found within the prophetic vision of peace on earth within the Torah, Talmud and Tenakh. The New Testament assists adherents in the communication of the concept of the concept of peace, the notion of inner peace, the kingdom of heaven and the …show more content…
Christianity as a major world religion views the concept of inner or spiritual peace as the physical embodiment of the life, death, teachings and spirituality of the Christian messiah Jesus Christ demonstrated in John 16:33 whereby Jesus states “in me you may have peace”. The Holy Bible also portrays peace as equal with Jesus Christ as it is through him God and Salvation (the ultimate peace) is made available to earthly adherents “through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved” (Acts 15:11). This is the case as through his death Jesus bore the burden for mankind’s sin giving adherents the opportunity for the attainment of eternal peace. Furthermore, the attainment of inner peace stands as one of the most prominent teachings in all of Christ’s ministries, demonstrating the ways through which troubled individuals may gain peace through the casting out of deamons, for the forgiveness of sin “sons your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5) and the teaching of peaceful cooperation with authoritarian sources “so give back to Ceaser’s what is Ceaser’s and give back to god what is God’s” (Mathew 22:21). Despite the just nature of the concept of peace Jesus clarifies the fact that those who reject the compassionate gift of forgiveness will know no spiritual peace, demonstrated in the metaphor of the fruitless tree “No man eat fruit of thee …show more content…
Jesus Militant message stated “I did not come to bring peace, but sword” (Mathew 10:34) demonstrating that fact that Jesus himself recognized occasions where war and conflict would need to arise in order to benefit the Christian community, such conflict even turning family members against one another. The New Testament also advise followers “that have no sword to sell [his] cloak and by one” causing social disturbance and upheaval in the Christian community by directly opposing his prominent message of peace rather encouraging and prophesizing “wars and rumors of wars” where adherents would be persecuted in the name of religion, similar to the rejection and persecution experienced by Jesus Christ’s own crucifixion. Despite Christianity being a harmonious religion more often then not Jesus actions and militant message has caused strife in the community from the time Jesus violently drove the merchants from his temple stating “it has been written, my house is a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves” (Luke 19:45-47) to more recently where denominational conflict has arose between Catholicism, Anglicanism, Protestantism and orthodoxy as a result of contrasting interpretations and understandings of the passages of the new testament. Underlying that idea that although peace is a

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