Peace found by personal and global means is central to Christianity and Islam as recorded directly in the Bible and Qur’an. The sacred texts therefor outline the principal teachings that are adhered to by all adherents to both faiths. For adherents of Islam by following the Qur’an and the five pillars, in particular Hajj and Zakat, they are able to fully submit to Allah enabling them to find peace within and express this peace those around them e.g. Muslim Peace Fellowship. Christian adherents in following what the Bible teaches, Ten Commandments, are able to continue to create a world that is in the image of God and thus find agape and their calm and universal peace that they show towards every single human being e.g.
The Qur’an and the New Testament both express the importance of peace and peacemaking as evident in Jesus’ Beatitudes “Blessed are the peacemakers”. The search for inner peace is the core message of the Qur’an and the New Testament and the adherents of both traditions are taught that inner peace will come through faithfully devoting yourself to God. The word peace is mentioned over ninety time is the New Testament and in other passages the quest for peace is address without actually using the term. In the New Testament Jesus’ life is the perfect model for living in peace. To have a close relationship with Jesus and his teachings will enable the adherent to experience this peace.
Ultimately peace can be found in a union with God. Christians and Muslims are taught to live at peace with themselves and others, both within their own communities and in the wider world. Christianity has a strong emphasis on peace and peacemaking. The quest for inner peace is one of the main messages in the New Testament. The New Testament gives Christian adherents some extremely useful guidelines for individuals who wish to seek peace, both inner and external.
It can also be understood to be associated with the spiritual peace with God for Christians and spiritual peace with Allah who desires peace for Muslims. Muslims believe that it is through complete submission to Allah that an individual may achieve inner peace. For Christians the New Testament’s view of inner peace are derived from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and from his understanding of peace. Throughout the Gospels Jesus is portrayed as a man of peace. In his interactions with people he teaches a non-violent way of living.
It is therefore through the sacred texts that a comparison of the understandings of peace in Christianity and Islam can be achieved. It is through an understanding of peace for each tradition that the beliefs can be compared in relation to the respective principal teachings. In conclusion Christians are guided by the New Testament in order to live a peaceful life in accordance to the teachings of Jesus Christ, practicing their beliefs and in turn affecting others. Muslims achieve peace through an understanding of the teachings revealed through the Qur’an and Hadith, this in turn leads to the ultimate goal of Islam: submission to Allah which is the only means of attaining peace with Allah.
The principal beliefs of Christianity and notions of peace are expressed through the sacred text, The Bible, in particular the New Testament. The Qur’an and Hadith are the sacred texts of Islam, which also educate the faith with notions of peace. These sacred texts define the origins and characteristics of a religious tradition, providing the overall foundation for religious interpretations of peace. Therefore, religion and peace is a very integrated ideology as the religious beliefs and principals of a faith form the basis on which further notions of inner and world peace can be formed within a religious tradition. Within Christianity, the adherents are called to display an attitude of peace as they live their lives in accordance to their beliefs and principal teachings which are presented throughout the Bible.
From these aspects of faith one can seek justice and morality through God, the one who wills and acts justly. Spiritual morality and justice are filtered from God and should not be questioned. We should take what he gives us and use it responsibly. Doing what is right and just in the eyes of the lord will draw one closer to the almighty. Closeness to the Creator is the ultimate of all Muslims and with understanding and education all will see that this is the goal of all the Abraham faiths.
Peace is a state of harmony where there is no violence or conflict between people or groups, especially in own personal relations. Peace is an essential part to becoming closer to God and being a faithful adherent. Islam and Christianity have similar views about achieving inner peace through the actions of Jesus Christ in the New Testament and through the Quran and Prophets sayings (Hadith). Through the sacred texts of these religious traditions the adherent guided to the ultimate goal of achieving inner peace. Christianity’s primary source in guiding the adherent to achieve inner peace is Jesus Christ.
Analyze the distinctive response of TWO religious traditions to the issue of either inner peace and/or world peace by linking their relevant sacred texts to their principal teachings. World peace is an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations. It is the professed ambition of many past and present world leaders. It is the utopian ideal of planetary non-violence by which nations willingly cooperate, either voluntarily or by virtue of a system of governance, which prevents warfare. Both Christianity and Islam explore the possibility of world peace in their principle teachings that peace begins with the individual, without peace with oneself, peace with others cannot be achieved.
They believe that in order for an individual to gain paradise after death, he or she should submit to the will of God. Also, the moral code of the Christian religion is the correct belief of having faith. Christian religion believes that they should always do good things to avoid bad things in order for them to emulate Jesus Christ. On the other hand, Islam religion has a different goal of life. They believed all Muslims should be faithful and sincere to their God (Allah).