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September 22, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The world is far from being at peace

Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Tilly’s misguided statement on world peace (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 18), Mr. Tilly states:

“Never in my lifetime has the world been more peaceful than it is today.”

There are approximately 34 major wars and conflicts are being fought today, causing a number of deaths, leaving many homeless and causing people to escape from their countries and seek refuge in other countries. These conflicts include: the Afghan civil war, Somali civil war, Iraq war, war in North West Pakistan, Arab-Israeli conflict, conflict in the Niger Delta, Côte d’Ivoire crisis, etc. Source is Wikipedia.

Thousands of world leaders and media personalities speak and dream of a coming world peace, usually with good intentions, but the Bible paints an entirely different picture. The Bible has much to say about peace and also about the conditions for peace. In fact, one could rightly claim the Bible as God’s “peace treaty.” All of God’s conditions for peace are laid out in the Bible for everyone to read. But, as we shall see, when one rejects God’s peace treaty, he rejects peace altogether.

“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I … will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.” (Lev. 26:3, 6) “But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.” (Lev. 26:14-17)

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