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We live in a world of armed conflict - Explain what differing Christian beliefs of armed conflict might be.

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We live in a world of armed conflict. Explain what differing Christian beliefs of armed conflict might be. War is armed conflict between two opposing forces. There are many factors that contribute to wars taking place. A 'good' country can declare war on another country if it occupies and imposes its rules, religion and government on another state. On occasions a country is ruled by a totalitarian dictator who imposes himself as the leader of the country giving no democratic rights to the people. Religion has always been a source of conflict; many countries have different religious groups within it that will quarrel and fight over the religion of the state and its leaders as well as the land. There are many different types of warfare; conventional warfare is when large troops of soldiers face each other in battle using guns and tanks. This is the conception of war many people have. Terrorism is a war fought against a certain political or religious system or simply an idea the terrorists disagree with, such as apartheid and racism. Terrorists use what may seem inhumane tactics to prove their points such as sabotage of key buildings, kidnappings, hijackings, bombs and they also use guerrilla warfare. Nuclear warfare is probably the most feared of all. Nuclear warfare is achieved by putting radioactive substances in a warhead which on collision will cause mass destruction. ...read more.

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On the other hand UN inspections were been organised by the UN and they were given little time to search the whole of Iraq. George Bush was eager to start the war defying the UN and he changed his motives continually i.e. from weapons of mass destruction to an evil dictator to liberating the people. All of these are serious reasons but there is sceptism over George Bush' intent in protecting oil and finishing his father's failed mission in removing Saddam. It is obvious that removing Saddam helped the people and it promoted the good of democratic rights and denounced the evils of torturing civilians. The latest technology was used with precision bombs and mainly palaces were targeted to avoid civilian causalities. The war has promoted peace by inaugurating an interim government however there are already problems with aid, water, food and ironically of petrol. Many people think sanctions and negotiation could have come to the same effect without the casualties and destruction war brings. Jesus states in 'The spirit of the Lord' that it is right to liberate people who are oppressed, 'proclaim liberty to the captives' which Bush did to the Iraqis. Some Christians believe fighting can never be justified even with the Just war theory. If they are asked to fight and refuse they are referred to as 'conscientious objectors'. ...read more.

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In the book of Proverbs God says that he hates the shedding of innocent blood. The chance of an accident is increased and nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Hiroshima shows the negative effect radiation can have on the body and environment with mutated genes still present in people in 2003. Christians support nuclear disarmament because Jesus stated that 'violence leads to more violence'. In my opinion the nature of these weapons defies Jesus 'all those who take the sword die by the sword' as it can only be destructive. Although I am aware that these weapons help sustain many jobs which prevent, many people suffering from extreme poverty and homelessness. Jesus promoted unity in the world and the effect radiation could have on an ecosystem could damage human life as we know it. The sheer amount of damage these bombs can produce and the amount of lives it can take defies the commandment 'do not kill' on a gigantic scale. The bible was written in an age where this power was not even thought of so it can only be used limitedly and I think Christians should base their opinions and views on what they believe is right and Christian. Already the world has seen the effects these weapons can do so Christians must do their utmost to prevent it because in my opinion and how I depict Jesus' teachings on war, it is not acceptable for any reason what so ever. (c)Bernard Wood 10AST ...read more.

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