The Peace God

The Peace God

Whether practicing Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism or any other religion peace is an important trait recognized as a fulfillment of the expectations of people who identify with the same.

Christians identify peace as both inner and physical; they derive their concepts of peace from the teachings of Jesus. Love and justice are the main drivers of peace in Christianity, Desmond Tutu a church leader and Nobel laureate says that”………there is no peace because there’s no justice. There can be no real peace and security until there is first justice enjoyed by all the inhabitants of that beautiful land. The bible knows nothing about peace without justice for that would be crying.” Christians believe that being a peacemaker is a calling and a responsibility.

Islam despite being used by extremists as an excuse to wage war is a religion of peace. Muslims believe that Allah created and wants a peaceful world and that they should be merciful and forgiving as He is. “The servants of the Lord of mercy are those who walk humbly on earth and when aggressive people address them, reply with words of peace” (Surah25 of the Quran).

Hindus believe in the principle of Ahimsa where violence is condemned. Mahatma Gandhi in his words “I see neither bravery nor sacrifice in destroying life or property for offence or defense” promote this principle. Some Hindus believe in karma that any act of violence will lead to perpetrators being victims of the same.

Buddhists believe in attainment of inner peace which extends outward some regard it as the most peaceful religion. Buddhism promotes respect for life and need for zero violence. Though religious extremism has played a great role in disrupting world peace, there’s an undeniable fact that religion is enhancing peace.

Religions themselves are peace-loving. They can also be a constructive force in peace building” Marrti Ahtisaari

In this work (peace building) the role of religion is fundamental. It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God…But the converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to establish dialogue among various religions.” Pope Francis