The Nature Of Inner Peace

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The nature of inner peace is complex and multifaceted. Peace is not merely the absence of hostility, violence or war but encompasses a larger concept whereby inner peace is attained. Peace begins with individual awareness and personal response to the teachings of the religious traditions. An individual’s understanding of peace is expressed through the principal teachings drawn from the sacred texts of Christianity and Islam that is, the New Testament and the Quran respectively. These teachings guide individuals in achieving inner peace and hence through this allow them to contribute to world peace.

Initially, a Christian adherent’s understanding of Peace is informed through the sacred writings within the New Testament. Jesus, the prince of peace challenged people to live the essence of the law rather than just an outward show of religious observance. As stated in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”. Jesus’ use of Shalom, goes beyond the absence of war as it emphasises the need for harmony in relationships which result in God’s blessing. This idea is reinforced in Matthew 5:43-45 “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…God makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous”. This teaching targets the challenge for many adherents in that Jesus stated people should not take revenge on others,to maintain outer and inner peace. Hence, the New Testament are an

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