This is a speech I wrote for my studies of religion subject, any questions or comments are appreciated.
Peace can not be looked at
as a single idea, but rather, a multifaceted concept, that encompasses peace
with oneself, peace with God, peace with family, and peace with others and
between nations. It can be observed that peace, as represented in the Bible is
the absence of conflict, and the presence of love. The concept and act of
forgiveness is inextricably linked with the striving for peace in both the Old
and New Testaments.
The two testaments often
place different emphasis on concepts of peace. Peace in the New Testament is often
represented as “The absence of chaos” or simply “security” as written in Luke
11:21 and 1st Corinthians 14:33 .The New Testament places a greater
degree of emphasis on personal peace, peace with God, and Love as an
overarching concept. The teachings of Jesus imply peace as being optimal,
notably in Luke 10 Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan, and how anyone
in need is thy neighbour, and that we must show love to all. Peace is also used
in other instances with different meanings. In the Old Testament, the word
“Shalom” is generally used as synonymous with peace, and is often thought of as
protection from enemies by God. In the Old Testament peace in association with
material wealth is discussed in relation to prophecy. Material wealth as peace
is associated with the false prophet 1st Kings 22:5 whereas the true
prophet was above the desire for material gain Micah 3:5.
A similar idea is repeated
in the New Testament, Jesus is quoted as saying, in Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25
and Luke 18:25, “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to
enter the kingdom
of God”. There is an intimate relationship between the
concepts of peace and love as presented in Biblical texts.
In all instances, peace is
seen as desirable, a good outcome, and something to strive for.
We can examine the concept
of striving for peace in Christianity in reference to,
- Ancient traditions and sacred texts
- History of and historical events associated with
- And Current Practice associated with Christianity
Within the ancient
traditions and sacred texts of Christianity, peace is viewed with great
importance, with the biblical texts promoting the many facets of peace,
including, peace with God, this is presented in the covenant with God, both
that made with Abraham and that mediated by Jesus.