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For and Against Pacifism

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For and Against Pacifism

Pacifism subscribes to the idea of peace being the best goal and they
best means of achieving peace is always through peaceful methods. So
pacifists reject the use if physical force, even in the defence, and
maintain war is always wrong.

When it comes to pacifism there are arguments both for and against its
wide spread use. Arguments for include the teachings of Jesus, which
show that he taught about love our neighbours as ourselves and that we
should turn our cheek to violence against us. This is shown in Matthew
26:52 Jesus instructs Peter to drop his sword and not fight the Roman
guard and says 'all who live by the sword, will die by the sword.' And
again in Luke 6:7 where he instructed 'if someone strikes your cheek,
turn to him the other also.' These show Jesus was very much a pacifist
himself and as we are taught to follow Jesus example we should also
adopt pacifist views.

Another argument in favour of pacifism is that of the Hebrew idea of
Shalom. Shalom is a Hebrew word, which can ...

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So as it has been said "to secure peace, is to prepare for war". Also
how realistic is it to be able to stay peaceful when you are faced
violence either against you or you property. I know if I found my self
in a situation where I was faced with violence I would feel that
meeting violence with violence was justifiable. So basically I
pacifism is a great idea but putting it into practice in the type of
society we live in today just wouldn't we are faced with to many evils
that wont be removed by peaceful means.

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