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7. In your opinion can a practising Christian/theist support war as being just? Explain your answer.

The just war theory is a essentially a Christian philosophy which attempts to get Christians to accept roughly three main concepts firstly that any death of any person is completely wrong, secondly states have a duty to defend their citizens, and thirdly to defend justice by protecting innocent human life and defending important moral values which sometimes requires the will to use force and violence to stop any breach of the above.
Normally states use the theory of a ‘just war’ before entering a conflict however individual Christians use it to decide whether it is morally right or wrong to get involved or support such a conflict. The Bible states that if violence is used as an act of defence from an attacker then war can sometimes be justified Numbers 31:1-3 ‘The LORD said to Moses, "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people." So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD's vengeance on them.’ In addition there is no actual commandment against killing, against murder yes Commandment 6 so one could argue there is perhaps more evidence supporting war as being just.
In the old days of knights and Holy wars the pope would order a Holy crusade in order to retake religious places Nations such as France, England, Germany and Spain would put aside their differences and crusade for the Holy cause in reward they would have their sins removed via the Pope one such place more infamous than others Jerusalem, In 1076, the Muslims had captured Jerusalem which at the time was the most holy of holy places for Christians. Jesus had been born in nearby Bethlehem and Jesus had spent most of his life in Jerusalem. He was crucified on Calvary Hill, also in…...

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