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.
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.
Christianity and Islam both have clear guidelines when it comes to the adherents finding inner peace in their lives. Christians must follow and copy to example set by Jesus of prayer and service to the community. The teachings and life of Jesus is found in the New Testament, which provides Christians which guidance to inner peace. Muslims must look for submission to Allah by following the Five Pillars of Faith and the example of the Prophet Muhammad. The necessities of the Five Pillars of Faith are clearly shown in the Qur’an and example of the Prophet Muhammad can be found in the Hadith, it is these texts that guide Muslims to inner peace.
Peace can be described as a state of being between groups where mutual respect has lead to sense of harmony and cooperation, both spiritually and physically. This idea is expressed in both Christianity and Islam, with the sacred texts of each, the New Testament and Quran respectively, depicting its own guide towards inner peace for its adherents. In Christianity the idea of peace is strongly linked with the prominent figure of Jesus Christ as a model for all adherents follow. Alternatively, in Islam inner peace is achieved through submission to the will of Allah, the supreme creator and following in the footsteps of the founder. Within Christianity, an understanding of peace is derived from the sacred texts of the religion, most notably the New Testament.
Living their life in accordance to the divine Allah by living a life around the central and core sacred texts would enable an adherent to find an inner state of tranquillity and thus are able to contribute to world peace. The Hadith teaches and has emphasis on the priority of peace within Islam and states “The merciful are shown mercy by the All Merciful. Show mercy to those on earth and God will show mercy to you.” (Hadith – al Tirmidhi and Abu Da’ud) The “articles of faith” outline the 6 principal teachings of Islam. Showing mercy to those on earth inevitabl... ... middle of paper ... ...h their belief in salvation they are committed to undoing these oppressions by first coming to peace with themselves. Peace found by personal and global means is central to Christianity and Islam as recorded directly in the Bible and Qur’an.
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.
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. The New Testament (NT) strongly urges people to work at peace, even when it is difficult. In the famous Sermon on the Mount, which appears in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his followers, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Making peace with others is part of making peace with God. This contributes to world peace as world leaders have the power to prevent war for example the World Council of Churches in 2001 participated in the Decade to Overcome Violence in hope to achieve world peace.
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.
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).
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.