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The New Testament And The Christian Message

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Peace is often associated with the non-existence of war and violence, although various religious traditions have different interpretations and perspectives of what peace means to them through the use of sacred texts, adherents, principal beliefs, practices and rituals used within their religion. This can be demonstrated through the close analysis of two major religious traditions Christianity and Islam.

The teaching of the New Testament affirms the centrality of peace to the Christian message. It was at the heart of the life and ministry of Jesus and accordingly is sought after and taken up by the communities that seek to follow Jesus. Peace is understood as more than merely an absence of violence and conflict. It refers more fully to an
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Most commonly it is used as a form of greeting and/or blessing. "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:7).

The Greek language (the language of the New Testament) uses two different words to describe and define love. The most commonly used Greek word translated "love" in the New Testament is "agape." This love is represented by God 's love for us. It is a non-partial, sacrificial love probably best exemplified by God 's provision for our rebellion: "For God so loved (agape) the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Agape love requires a relationship with God through Jesus Christ since the non-regenerated soul is unable to love unconditionally. 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself. ' There is no other commandment greater than these. (NRSV, Mark 12:31)

In Christianity, the principal teaching of peace comes from Christ (Pax Christi) and it is a peace that is transcendental, so it cannot be achieved through human works. This “transcendental” peace can be obtained through peace of soul, peace of mind, peace of heart and peace amongst humanity. The Pax Christi is a critical part of the principal teachings within Christianity as it demonstrates the way of life that a Christian should undertake, provides a sense of moral ethical guidance, places an emphasis on the concept of
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