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Peace & Conflict

PEACE AND CONFLICT

 “Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; when we stand for justice.”

 - Baruch Spinoza

Our world is torn apart by wars, civil wars, political wars, war over land, water resources, crop lands, and high demand valuables such as oil and diamonds. Recorded human history includes the horror of genocides, where thousands have been killed because of ethnic, racial and religious differences. One human oppressing and killing the other - a story as old as Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16).

We may live in a country that is at peace, but we are all affected by the wars in our world.

PEACE IN GOD’S WORD
There is also a lot of conflict in the Bible, between people and God, between nations, even within individuals. This makes the Bible’s teachings on peace a great resource – they can help us to know God’s heart for conflict in our world today. Check out some of these verses:

James 3:18
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Isaiah 2:4
“and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more.”

Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Over the next four weeks we will focus on the theme of peace and conflict, including the arms trade, child soldiers, and nuclear disarmament. Some of the questions we’ll consider include:

  • What does world peace look like? Is it just freedom from conflict?
  • What does it takes to create peace? Can we resolve conflict without war?
  • Who are the peacemakers?

Tune in on Fridays for more details…

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