How do you find peace in Christianity

Violence and Peace in Islam and Christianity

Vallendar- What potentials for violence and peace are there in the two religions Islam and Christianity, in whose name acts of warlike violence are repeatedly carried out? The current topic at this time determined the second day of the academy at the Pallottine College in Vallendar. Almost 300 visitors wanted to know why monotheistic religions such as Christianity and Islam are made responsible for inhuman wars and violence in the world.

"The god of the monotheistic religions often does not have a good press," said speaker Professor Klaus von Stosch from the University of Paderborn at the beginning of his lecture. The religious critic Richard Dawkins described the God of the Old Testament as "the most unpleasant figure in all of poetry" and did not stingy with adjectives such as "jealous and proud of it, unjust, resentful, vengeful, misogynistic, homophobic or bloodthirsty". That's not true, said the 44-year-old theologian. The call to violence can be found in the Bible and the Koran, but these passages must always be read and understood in a historical and literary context. It makes little sense to simply transfer them to our time and thus discredit religion as a whole. Because the one God is claimed by both the mighty and the oppressed, God is always a God of love (mercy), but also a God of anger (justice). “We as the“ winners ”love the God of mercy, the disenfranchised love him because of his righteousness,” explained von Stosch. The often abbreviated quotation from the Koran "Kill them (the unbelievers) where you meet them" should be understood, for example, against the historical background at the beginning of the 7th century AD, when the prophet Mohammed three battles against the "pagan" Arabs of Mecca led and finally won. Klaus von Stosch's conclusion: “The sources of the monotheistic religions contain a potential for violence. We can only understand these sources if we do not approach their statements with our current way of thinking, but try to grasp them from the perspective of the time they were created. "

The second day advisor, Rabeya Müller, added to the lecture by Prof. Dr. Klaus von Stosch with experiences from her work with mixed religious groups of young people in Cologne and showed how peace potentials can be put into practice. God is also the source of peace in Islam, said the 58-year-old Islamic scholar and theologian at the Institute for Interreligious Education and Didactics in Cologne. From an Islamic point of view, aspects of peace are "devotion to God, peace with fellow human beings and fellow creatures, and peace with oneself". The Koran describes as injustice: “Act ignorantly, blaspheme, slander, injustice on the economic level and coercion in religion.” According to their conviction, Islam is about people as the “governor of God”; " spoken. If one takes these two beliefs seriously, there should be no violence between the two religions. For the dialogue between Islam and Christianity, a fundamental willingness to talk at the same level is important, to observe a common supreme authority, such as the Basic Law in Germany, and to allow arguments to stand side by side on an equal footing.