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September 22, 2013

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

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Who gets peace in the Bible? Those who obey God’s commandments. A nation that lives as though the Bible had never been written is a nation that will not know peace. The same is true in any home or any church. When God’s word is applied, it establishes peace. When it is not applied, men have war. That’s a fact of life that world leaders refuse to accept, therefore they will never know peace.

Also see Deuteronomy 29:18-20, I Kings 9:22, Psalm 28:3, 34:14, 119:165, 120:7 and Isaiah 48:18-22.

“The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.” (Mal. 2:6) Notice that peace here is preceded by truth. (Also see the same order in Mark 5:33-34.) God doesn’t grant peace to those who are too cowardly to search out and embrace truth. One of God’s conditions for peace is the acceptance of truth.

Those who run from truth run into war and hardship. In the Bible, wicked Ahab thought he would return from battle in peace, but he returned dead because he rejected the truth as preached from the mouth of Micaiah. (I Kings 22)

As long as people seek to fill their minds with everything but the Bible, they will have everything but peace. Homes will be wrecked, churches will split, political groups will fight within our borders, and the military will fight beyond. There will be no peace until truth is more valuable to men than popularity, money, or power.

Peace is for a special people, not people in general. The world thinks that a person or nation is entitled to peace if they want peace. That’s the world’s only condition: if you want to live in peace, then you should be allowed to live in peace. That’s the world-view, but not God’s view.

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