Two of the largest issues of conflict in today's world are those of war and discrimination. Throughout history these issues have caused conflict between nations, and in this essay I plan to discuss one element of each of these issues. One of the main types of discrimination today is that of racism. The Bible tells us a lot about this topic. The first is in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make human beings in our image and likeness. " All of humanity owes its origin to God's creative act, and therefore any attempt to consider any group of people as below us is a form of blasphemy.
Acts 17:26 tells us "God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. " This verse tells us that we all share one origin. Revelation 5:9 tells us that Jesus "Brought people from every tribe, language people and nation to worship God. " This means that race does not matter when it comes to accepting Jesus as saviour; anyone can do it! God's love embraces people of all cultures. Christians believe that everyone should be reconciled to each other and we should forgive one another for whatever may have happened in the past.
The idea of racism is completely unjust. Another example of conflict is war. In 1950 the Korean war broke out between America and Korea. It was caused mainly by the division of Korea and political conflict. Some of the minor causes were nationalism and trade and commercial interest. On 25th June 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, which sparked the involvement of America in attempt to prevent the conversion of Korea into a communist nation. If the Koreans and Americans had forgiven each other then lives would have been spared. The Bible tells us to "forgive your brother or sister from your heart. "
Many wars could have been avoided if people had taken notice of the Bible and forgiven each other. Many wars throughout time would not have happened if justice had been carried out. The Korean war followed the conditions of a just war, and was therefore acceptable to most Christians. It was declared by a proper authority and it was possible to win, it was a last resort and the intention was to overcome evil. However, many wars have not followed these circumstances. Christians argue that if the war had been discussed in terms of justice, forgiveness and reconciliation then it might never have happened.
Christians wish for the whole world to be reconciled to each other and to God, which is why most Christians find that wars are only acceptable if they follow the conditions of a just war. The Bible tells us that one day, "Nations will no longer fight other nations, nor will they train for war anymore. " Isaiah 2:4 These examples are only two of many conflicts going on in the world around us. In most if not all cases, the Christian way is the best way because it would enable us to put a stop to such conflict and end horrific scenes such as war and discrimination.