Christian Arguments Of The Just War Theory

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Christians have a mixed view on war; pacifistic and the ‘Just war theory.’ A pacifist is someone whom considers that no matter what war is never justified and follows the word of Jesus Christ “You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Matthew 5:38-39). The other predominant category of Christian views is the belief in ‘Just war theory.’ Many arguments exist inside Christianity as the ‘just war theory contradicts what Jesus taught, to turn the other cheek and forbidding murder, which is one of the ten commandments that makes it such a controversial topic. St Augustine who was alive in late…show more content…
A war is only just if it is carried out according to the outlines of the ‘Just war theory.’// Buddhists’ believe in karma and the effects that it brings to their lives. The view of a Buddhist is that you should ‘refrain from taking life’ the reasoning behind this being that when someone takes a life, they are taking the ability to live out their karma, in return causing bad karma toward the person who has killed the person. Throughout the Dhammapada, an assortment of sayings of the Buddha in verse form, pacifism is actively spoken. Buddhist teachings preach that there is no validation for war, however Buddhism has not always removed itself form war, which is evident in 621 CE where the monks fought as a part of a battle to establish the Tang Dynasty (second largest and longest-standing empire that advanced economy, politics, culture and military…show more content…
Buddhists may still fight to preserve nations, home and family. However holding hate for an opponent is toxic and fuelling future harmful karma.//// The ‘just war theory’ permits Christians to go to war under a specific set of conditions; in the even of self-defense, defense of allies, repossession of lost land and goods. When the war is used to endorse peace, the leader of the state is capable to make the call, and all other peaceful options have been exhausted. A just war must be fought with considerations in mind, just because you’re going to war against an enemy/nation doesn’t mean that killing everybody is suddenly morally and ethically acceptable. The violence must be proportional meaning that in a just war force should only be used in proportion to the force being used against you. The nations at war must evade using disproportionate military combat and to only use the absolute bare minimum amount of force required. The use of force should never be used on civilians and is only justified when they are collateral damage of a strategic military attack. Harmless citizens or surrendered personal should never be the objective of the

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