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

What Christian Teaching I Would Include In A Booklet On Warfare?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

26th October 2001 Douglas Rubashow 10.1 What Christian Teaching I Would Include In A Booklet On Warfare First and foremost I want to say that in a booklet about warfare, including Christian teaching, I believe that there might be some way I could make it right from a Christian perspective, and I will try to be objective, and consider all sides of the argument. I believe that most war is wrong, however. In a booklet on Christian teaching about warfare, I would have to include the Ten Commandments, or at least a couple of them. It does say you shall not murder, and in warfare, you kill many thousands or even millions of people, and if it is wrong to kill one person, then it must be very wrong to kill thousands and thousands of people. I would also have to include the commandment you shall not steal, because I believe that when you kill someone, you are stealing a life. There are two more commandments that I would put in, the first is you shall not make yourself an idol, now this may seem a bit strange, but when there is a war going on, you often make yourself an idol. ...read more.

Middle

I think that the only thing that could even begin to justify warfare for Christians would have to be the Just War theory, which was invented by St. Augustine of Hippo, who was the Christian theologian to attempt to provide a logical Christian justification for war. He regarded war as evil but argued that sometimes it was necessary to combat a greater evil, therefore starting a war. I personally don't believe in the just war theory, but I can see that some Christians would find a way to justify war to themselves because of the just war theory, I mean some people might believe that this is connected to situation ethics, with the point that says, 'there must be the right intentions, the intent must be to do good and avoid evil, and some Christians might believe this to be about the most loving thing to do. Christians might go by the seven main points of the just war theory, if it was completely necessary to go to war, however I think their religion would compel them not to go to war unless it was completely necessary. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jesus, in Matthew 5:9. 'Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you.' Jesus, in John 14:27. 'It was late that Sunday evening, (the night Jesus rose from the dead) and the disciples were gathered behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them ' Peace be with you,' he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the father sent me, so I send you...' John 20:19-21. 'And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.' Paul, in Philippians 4:7. 'May God, our source of peace, be with all of you.' Paul, in Romans 15:33. In conclusion, I think that the just war theory is the only piece of information I've given you that begin to justify warfare for Christians, and all in all, I don't think many Christians would think about war, unless forced to do so. By Douglas Rubashow 10 S ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Morality of War 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 GCSE Morality of War essays

  1. Christian views on a just war.

    they never been born," which may sound a cruel thing to say, but what Jesus really meant was that it was going to be difficult to forget what Judas was about to do to him. Another point strongly agreeing with the statement is, human beings can learn from their mistakes,

  2. Describe the teachings of Christianity about war and pacifism

    They believe that Christians should instead use the 'weapons of the Spirit' - love, truth and peace to overcome evil. Quakers are against having and using nuclear weapons. But as different religions and branches of Christianity teach variations against war and having and using nuclear weapons, we cannot group them

  1. Domestic violence.

    health care professionals should be spent in an attempt to promote change and improve services for victims of violence. A final consideration is that domestic violence takes many forms and is a crime where one individual exercises power over another.

  2. Free essay

    The Role of the Accident Compensation Corporation in the Prevention of Family Violence in ...

    Both are valid approaches to addressing the prevention of family violence and have been utilised in many communities. The Aotearoa New Zealand Sure Start programme is based on a British model aimed at "improving health and emotional development for young children" (Sure Start 2005).

  1. What does Christianity teach about human responsibility for the world?

    Whereas one-fifth of the world population lack the basic necessities for survival, more than another one-fifth live in wealth and consume about four-fifths of the worlds income. Christians follow their teaching from the Bible when dealing with their responsibility with the poor.

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

    The Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England teach that in certain circumstances it is morally right to engage in armed conflict. This is the 'Just War theory' and it has six conditions that if met can justify a war.

  1. Christian teaching reflects on what they believe - views on death and the ...

    Some Christians believe strongly in hell and everlasting punishment for those who have committed terrible, violent crimes against others. Other Christians believe that the true God would never want people to suffer in this way. The Bible describes a huge pit between heaven and hell so that once you're in hell, it is impossible to get out.

  2. Some Christians believe in the Just War Theory which was originally written in the ...

    These are: 1. Wars must be officially started by the legal authority. 2. There must be a good reason to start a war. 3. War must be the last option. 4. Parties involved intentions are to restore Peace and Justice.

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