Throughout history, non-violent civil disobedience has been advocated and utilized by
world leaders such as Gandhi, Jesus Christ, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to name a
In his article entitled “On
,” Mohandas Gandhi defines non violence, describes
its moral and practical superiority relative to violent methods of resistance, and establishes the
argument that the basic principles of non-violence are based on love, truth, and bravery.
life, death, and teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the Hebrew Bible exemplify Gandhi’s
definitions and perceptions of non-violence, and provide a realistic and tangible example of a
, that is, a completely non-violent man.
Not only are the teachings of Christ strikingly
similar to the teachings of Gandhi, but Christ’s actions are uncannily aligned with the teachings
of Gandhi as described in “On
Similarly, an untitled photo depicting three students
staging a sit-in at a white-only lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi serves as a clear visual
representation of Gandhi’s idea of civil disobedience and peaceful protest.
The teachings of Gandhi specifically concerning non-violence, sentiment and actions
toward adversaries, and the invincibility of love can all be found in some form in the teachings of
Jesus found in the New Testament of the Hebrew Bible, specifically in the books of Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John.
In his article “On
,” Gandhi states “A
inflict pain on the adversary; he does not seek his destruction.”
Gandhi goes on to state “…he
does not wish for the destruction of his antagonist, he does not vent anger on him, but has only
compassion for him…the acid test of non-violence is that one thinks, speaks, and acts non-
violently, even when there is the gravest provocation to be violent.
There is no merit in being
non-violent to the good and the gentle…Jesus knew ‘the generation of vipers’…but pleaded for
mercy for them before the Judgment Throne” (Gandhi, 315).
Similarly, in Matthew 5:39, Jesus
states “…Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the