The pacifists’ viewpoints are based on their religious beliefs and in the sanctity of life. Since all people are made in the image of God, taking away a life is wrong; hence, killing is wrong. Their beliefs emphasize that there can be no justification for killing, even injuring, harming, or restraining another. Killing is prohibited in the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments that were given to Moses. To kill a person deliberately is unthinkable. Violence is unethical if used to rescue a person being attacked and in danger of being killed. They would argue that violence will have worse consequences than non-violence. A pacifist would prefer to die than use his fist to defend himself. He holds on to the Gospel mandate not to resist the one who is evil.
To pacifists, war and violence are unjustifiable, ineffective, impractical and wasteful. Absolute pacifists refuse to kill whatever the circumstances, even in self-defense. They would argue that war should never be used as a means to resolve disputes between entities. They would prohibit war regardless of circumstances. Their recourse is often hinged on higher moral values. Romans 12:17-21: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
The pacifists will always stand by their opposition to war and violence as means to settle disputes. They consider it wrong for a state to wage war and for any individual to participate in war in any circumstances. They will push for the moral imperative to consider during armed conflict—human rights should be respected and justice to be promoted. They believe that one day there will be liberation from all violence, aggression and war. Isaiah 2:4: “He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
A heroic example of non-violence is Mahatma Gandhi. “In 1942, Gandhi urged his people to completely stop co-operating with the imperial government. In this effort, he urged that they neither kill nor injure British people, but be willing to suffer and die if violence is initiated by the British officials. He clarified that the movement would not be stopped because of any individual acts of violence, saying that the “ordered anarchy” of “the present system of administration” was “worse than real anarchy.” He urged Indians to… “Do or die” …in the cause of their rights and freedoms.” (Wikipedia)

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