• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How might a Christian apply their beliefs in situation of conflict today?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Nadine Tappouni R.E Coursework How might a Christian apply these beliefs in situation of conflict today? Through out Jesus' teaching we see that justice, forgiveness and reconciliation are all the most important features of keeping the peace of the world. However war and conflict are two of the most significant issues in today's world and will be for many years to come therefore it is hard for a Christian to ignore this and know what is right or wrong. A current example of this is the international conflict in Iraq between many of the western countries. "Blessed are peacemakers for they will be called the children of God. (Mt 5:9)" This quotation is showing that a person who forgives and makes peace with any enemies will be rewarded by God although Christians have to live in a world where people often make war against each other. ...read more.

Middle

Iraq and the Allies were and still are at war. Christians are divided over this war; some believe that there is a moral case for war against Iraq to free the Iraqi people from evil whilst others feel that the people of Iraq are the most affected and something else could have been done to prevent war to reconcile the countries instead. The Pope declared that war is a "defeat for humanity" and no the way to solve the Iraqi situation, his diplomatic efforts accord with Catholic teachings as a war should be the last resort. However Gaudium et Spes contradicts the Pope, teaching that the war is just to protect the people of Iraq. S and C Danes once stated that, "Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is the effect of righteousness." ...read more.

Conclusion

In 1980 there was a conflict that arose between Iraq and Iran, America and the West came to the aid of Saddam Hussein in this war, supporting a moderate bulwark against Islam. This war lasted until 1988 and the Iraqi government expected the war debts to be written off as they had justifiably defended the entire Middle East against Islamic radicalism. The Christian response should have been to help aid CAFOD and other Catholic organisations. However, Bishop David Konstant argues "No war is just and reconciliation and justice are the only two grounds for true and lasting peace." To be reconciled with God , Christians must be able to forgive and to be reconciled with each other, as there is no peace with out justice and no justice without forgiveness. This all shows that the three main element of keeping peace and resolving a conflict is to use justice, reconciliation and forgiveness. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. American Culture Today.

    Virginia Beach is home of this tournament every summer, and many diverse people attend. Founding fathers devised and implemented the idea of a free country. These men felt as though the people of the land should make the decisions of their life.

  2. Does Realism as a statist Ideology exist today?

    Therefore, for a state to guarantee that its proposals are not rejected it must make certain that it will not work negatively against another member, furthermore, each member must vow not to veto proposals favored by other states. This means that the power to veto can be used as a

  1. American Society today is a rich, powerful and highly populated

    John Higham argues that the this catalyst caused even more hostility and caused massive immigration restrictions during the post war period as he argues "the struggle for Germany called for the most strenuous nationalism and the most pervasive nationalism that the United States had ever known".

  2. In what ways was the Pacific war a racist conflict?

    Nazi's and non-nazi's. With the Japanese however, all were tarred with the same brush. In the Capra films, when detailing some atrocity or attack carried out, for the Germans it was always described as a "Nazi" atrocity, whereas for the Japanese it was described as being simply "Japanese".

  1. A Study of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Internally, the early 20th century saw the rise of the constitutional movement and the shah accepted a constitution establishing a parliament in 1906. Meanwhile, the British-Russian rivalry continued and in 1907 resulted in an Anglo-Russian agreement (which was annulled after World War I)

  2. "War in the Modern World includes terrorism and the threat of Nuclear War. How ...

    "The war must be fought fairly. The amount of force used should only be enough to succeed. There must be no unnecessary cruelty or deliberate violence." This is the most controversial of the conditions as this has been broken at least 200 times in the last century.

  1. Explain Christian beliefs about justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.

    The just war Rules are as follows: - War must be declared by a proper authority, such as a government. A rebellion by citizens is not enough. - The cause must be just: there must be a good reason for the war.

  2. Describe The Christian Teaching On War.

    They recognise that there is evil in the world but say that evil cannot be overcome with the use of weapons, which harm and kill. They believe that Christians should use 'weapons of the spirit' which are love, peace and truth to overcome evil.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work