Religion and Peace

The Christian notion of peace refers to the absence of conflict and that which results from working towards the right relationships with the individual, God and mankind. Peace in Christianity is epitomised by the Garden of Eden where humans lived in a harmonious state with God. Peace can be achieved through Jesus as he is able to restore the bond between God and mankind.

Inner Peace is important to Christians as it is embodied in Jesus Christ. They believe peace is available to those who believe in him “In me you may have peace” (John 16:33). Christian religious traditions guide the individual to inner peace through Jesus’ teachings in the bible. To achieve inner peace, one must faithfully obey the will of God. The ways in which Christians achieve this is through Belief in Jesus, practice of the virtues taught by Jesus, and actions of prayer and confession.

Belief in Jesus is paramount to inner peace. Jesus bore the penalty for human sin through his death, and God extends forgiveness to all those who believe in him “We have peace with God through our lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Practice of Jesus’ teachings is also important as his life is the model for Christians. Jesus preached primarily on living peacefully with god and the community. In Jesus’ sermon on the Mount he proclaims “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be the children of God”. To learn what makes one a peacemaker, Christians will read the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-11).These virtues essentially define the model Christian along with the Ten Commandments. They are to be meek, merciful, pure of heart, to mourn, to be poor in spirit, to hunger for what is right and if necessary to be persecuted for the sake of righteousness. They serve to reinforce the idea of being harmonious at all times, with ones self and with others.

Another way Christianity guides individuals to peace is through their actions such as prayer, confession and forgiveness. Penance consolidates one’s relationship...