Peace Is Complex And Multi Faceted. Peace

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The notion of peace is complex and multi-faceted. Peace is not merely the absence of hostility, violence or war, but encompasses a larger concept wherein there are various contributing factors such as healthy international relationships, security in matters of global or economic welfare and equality and fairness in political relationships. The nature of peace is also tied to concerns of the causes for it’s loss – be them social justice, economic inequality or political and religious radicalism. By responding to these causes, Christianity and Islam reflect Fulghum’s statement – innumerous peace organisations, vocal individuals and guidance to inner and world peace are common in both traditions, the basis for which can be found in their holy texts. In many ways, religion is an ideology – a path – to peace. As such, Christianity and Islam, sharing a common foundation as traditions of peace, strive to promote and create this through both their adherents’ personal lives, and indeed throughout the world. In the Christian tradition, it is believed that inner peace is essential to the realisation of peace on Earth; ‘the concept of inner, spiritual peace as literally embodied in the person and teachings of Jesus Christ’,1 as he told the disciples ‘In me you may have peace’ (John 16:33). Jesus extended peace to those who were in strife, and required us to follow him by ‘...making every effort to live in peace and harmony with all men’ (Hebrews 12:14). Only when these examples are
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