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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    On War and Peace (Not the Novel)

    I’m willing to bet most people have an innate desire for and understanding of the concept of “peace”. The word “peace” embodies ideals of rest, a special kind of quiet that refreshes, an absence of any conflict, and a sense of well-being.


    The peace we long for makes up a utopia where everyone gets along on purpose without fear, reprisal, oppression, or ill-will imposed. Peace is a restorative, a refresher, and implies “enough”- Enough food, water, air, space, etc. to go around for all people until they are satisfied. Neither extreme excess, nor poverty, “peace” means balance, unity, and life.


    So how does one go about attaining this coveted and priceless “peace”? Enter religion (with a deity) and philosophy (without a deity).


    Tolerate: Promoted by Buddhism, Hobbes (Leviathan), and Mill (Utilitarianism) is the idea that all people should seek to understand and embrace the belief systems of all other people. Aside from the fact the word “tolerate” means “to put up with” and not “embrace”, there is an inherent fallacy in all this inclusiveness.


    It will ultimately lead to chaos (the opposite of peace) because there are no defined limits. No right or wrong means I can do whatever I want, which equals chaos, conflict, and war (see “Beyond Good and Evil” by Nietzsche. 


    Suppress/Oppress: Promoted by the Tao Te Ching, and Communism (Marx and Engels), is the idea that self-suppression followed by governmental suppression of opposition, rebellion, and ambition leads to peace.


    Annihilate: Promoted by Marxism (see Lenin’s, “The State and Revolution”) and Islam (“The word "Islam" has been falsely proclaimed by Muslims to mean peace. The word Islam, actually means "submission" ...It comes from the root Arabic word "taslim". In Arabic, the word for peace is only "solh".” http://www.bibleprobe.com/muhammad.htm), this idea basically means submit to the authority, be brainwashed, be tortured, be jailed, or be killed.


    There is actually a pattern to these three ways of attaining “peace”. Toleration sounds nice, and results in the idea it is OK to oppress those who just don’t get it by continuing to oppress others (revenge mentality). As we’ve already discussed, toleration also leads ironically, to chaos, conflict, and war (the very opposite of peace). In steps oppression to control conflicts and war and ensure by force everyone gets along. Those who still continue to cause trouble and conflict will be annihilated for the public good.  

    But there is one more way to peace different from all the rest...

    According to my concordance, the Bible lists 102 separate passages having to do with peace. In every case, “peace comes through righteous living” (Isaiah 32:17) where righteous living is the opposite of evil and the fruit of following God’s word (the Bible).


    The Bible promotes the idea of an internal change in people that can only happen when an individual decides to let God be Lord of their life in place of themselves. The other methods of attaining peace mentioned above, involve outside forces exerting uninvited control and oppression in order to bring about a type of peace.

    See also: What Makes Good Fruit?

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