Islamic and Christianity

Christianity and Islam are both similar monotheistic religions, both believing in the ‘one’ omnipotent, omniscient and immanent God or Allah’. With major influences of teachings about peace from the sacred texts of both traditions and other influential groups these two religions strive to achieve the idea of ‘World Peace’.

Christians and Muslims believe that true peace comes from a personal relationship with God. The Bible states “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (John 14:27). Peace can also be seen through the society as operating harmoniously and without violent conflict or the absence of hostility, this is correct although doesn’t acknowledge the true religious meaning.

Christianity is an incredible sustained religion with holding over 33% of the worlds population of followers, during its 2000 year history, it has taken up all three positions on war: Pacifism, Just War and Crusade or Holy War. Jesus teachings in the New testament represents non-violence and peace which signifies of how Peace is essential to Christianity, demonstrated by the well known quote ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Matthew 5:9) and ‘Love your enemies’ (Matthew 5:44).

Christianity teaches that peace, in all its manifestations, is something adherents should strongly seek. Many of the Gospels emphasise that Jesus highly valued peace, using it as a form of greeting and farewell. One of Jesus principal teachings in regard to peace is the need for submission. “An eye for an eye’ represents the instruction of ‘Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other side also’. (Matthew 5:38). Jesus expands this idea as he reinterprets the ‘Golden Rule’ to include not just loving our neighbour, but our enemies also. (Matthew 5:34-48). The Old Testament teaches that peace is a gift from god and a sign...