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What do others say about conscientious objection?


"If it is right to honor those who served in the cause of war, then it is equally right to honor those who served in the cause of resistance to war."
--Samuel H. Day Jr., May, 2000"



See Mark Twain’s writing called The War Prayer at



What do Christians and the Bible say?          


The Bible has thousands of verses concerning war and peace. Here are some of the main themes as summarized with permission of author, Ben Richmond, from the Friends United Meeting pamphlet titled, A Guide for Friends on Conscientious Objection to War.

What do Christians and the Bible say?



What do other faith traditions say?


·        The Koran (Chapter 5, Verse 32) “If anyone kills an innocent person, it is as if they kill all humanity, and if anyone saves an innocent life, it as if they save all humanity.”


·        In reacting to the events of September 11, 2001, the Dalai Lama said, “To us [Buddhist thinkers] the reasons are clear. We have not learned the most basic human lessons. We have not remembered the most basic human truths. We have not understood the most basic spiritual wisdom. In short, we have not been listening to God, and because we have not, we watch ourselves do ungodly things. The message we hear from all sources of truth is clear: We are all one. That is a message the human race has largely ignored. Forgetting this truth is the only cause of hatred and war, and the way to remember is simple: Love, [in] this and every moment.


·        Episcopalian Peace Fellowship: In loyalty to the person, teaching and Lordship of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to His way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence. In fellowship with others of like mind, I will work to discover and practice alternatives to violence in the resolution of conflicts. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows, "to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God" and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love.


·        The Jewish tradition teaches:

Thou Shalt Not Kill. (The Decalogue: Sixth Commandment)

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isaiah 2:4)

They shall sit, each one under his vine and his fig trees, and none shall make them afraid. (Micah 4:4)

One person alone was brought forth at the time of creation in order to teach us that one who destroys a single human soul is regarded as the destroyer of the whole world, while one who preserves a single human soul is regarded as the preserver of the whole world. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)

Just to be is a blessing
Just to live is holy.
(Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel)


·        Lutheran Peace Fellowship: As Christians, we know that we do not have to rely on human efforts alone to stem the tide of violence. We know a God who chooses life over death, who raised Jesus from the dead in the ultimate act against violence. When the Roman officials gave the spiral of violence one more spin, Jesus did not die on the cross to become a martyr whose disciples would seek revenge for his death. Rather, he was raised to life in order to show that God reigns beyond all death and violence. God counteracts violence and death in the world by upholding life.


·        Lutheran Pastor Laura Holck of San Antonio says, “Jesus’s death and resurrection prove that violence does not have the final word. Love does.”




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