Christian View of War and Peace
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Those who argue that Christians should be pacifists quote the words of Jesus: "Blessed are the peacemakers" and "resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right check turn to him the other also."
Others argue that Christians are called to fight against evil and quote these words of Jesus: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."
Can these two positions be reconciled? Is Jesus contradicting Himself? Does the Bible advocate peace at any price? Is the Christian ever permitted to use force in the context of his duty as a citizen? Should Christians compromise principles for the sake of avoiding war? And to have peace at any price?
In a Christian View of War and Peace, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates offers sound biblical answers to these questions and many more in an exegetical study of Matthew 5:9 and other related New Testament passages. Alarmed by the church's misunderstanding of the term "peace," Dr. Zodhiates felt compelled to produce a systematic study of Scripture on the topic of war and peace. It is his belief that only Scripture can give us authoritative answers regarding the true meaning of peace and the proper reaction to evil in the world.
Author, biblical scholar and businessman Spiros Zodhiates was born in Cyprus in the 1920s. He worked with the American Mission to the Greeks and has helped raise a great deal of money for food and money for Greek children. He has established more than 20 orphanages, and his organisation is active in over fifty countries, including a Bible school in Indonesia and leper colonies in India. He has written or edited more than 50 books and reference works.
- :<div><b>contents</b><br /><i>preface </i>vii<br /> 1. The Peace That Is Born Of Purity Of Heart 1<br /> 2. Man&rsquo;s Lost Peace 8<br /> 3. Peace Regained 14<br /> 4. The Three Kinds Of Peace 19<br /> 5. Substitutes For Peace 25<br /> 6. Peace Or A Sword? 30<br /> 7. Peace By Way Of The Sword 36<br /> 8. Peace In And Through Suffering 41<br /> 9. Must The Peacemaker Submit To Others? 46<br /> 10. Peacemaking Or Cowardice 52<br /> 11. Peacemaking: Not A Compromise With Evil 57<br /> 12. Peacemaking And Personal Retaliation 62<br /> 13. Resistance Or Non&ndash;resistance&mdash;which? 68<br /> 14. Christ, Our Example In Peacemaking 73<br /> 15. Resisting In Love 78<br /> 16. Do You Have Peace Of Soul? 83<br /> 17. The First Qualification Of A Peacemaker&mdash;<br /> Unselfishness 89<br /> 18. The Characteristics Of The Peacemaker 94<br /> 19. Living At Peace With Others 99<br /> 20. Practical Points On Peacemaking 104<br /> 21. Children Of God 110<br /> 22. The Christian&rsquo;s Highest Calling 115<br /> &#160;</div>