To use a very old expression, there’s bad news and good news.
The bad news is war serves the purposes of too many people in power to ever see it disappear from the world as it is.
Manufacturers of war materiel reap fortunes from the death and destruction for which their products are used.
Government leaders are able to use war to extend their power over their subjects and to sometimes draw even more people into their scope.
Public and most private schools teach subservience to the state and its agents. Children are encouraged to confuse the bit of geography they inhabit with the government that controls that bit. This leads to a populace that largely applauds the killing of people who live in other bits of geography.
The good news is that world peace is on the way! And it will be be brought about by a one-world government… but not the kind you might imagine. Are you ready to consider something really different? Something most people would call unbelievable?
Two thousand years ago a Jewish man was executed by the Roman government, along with thousands of others. However, this man was unique, and his death founded the government that will one day bring peace and renewal to this earth.
His name was Jesus, and just one of the things that made him unique was his coming back to life after less than three days in the grave! He has begun the work of spreading his kingdom, and he wants you (and everyone) to join with him.
If this is all very new to you, I encourage you to read a small book with the simple title of John, which is also the author’s name. You’ll find it in a single volume of books called the Bible. John is a biography of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and it was written by one of Jesus’ closest friends.
In the first part of John, the author writes, “But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”. Receiving Jesus, believing in his name, means that you realize his death brought forgiveness of sins (doing wrong) for everyone who believes. His death also inaugurated the kingdom of God on earth, which will grow until it completely replaces the corrupt governments now in existence.
Jesus will hear you when you say something like this, ” Jesus, I believe what I read about you, and I want to receive you. I know I’ve done wrong in my life, and I want to do right from now on. Thank you for providing forgiveness through your death.”
If you sincerely told Jesus the above, it’s time to start growing as God’s child and enjoying being in God’s family! Ask God to lead you to a group of Christians with whom you can learn more about God and the Christian life. This may be a traditional church, a home Bible study group, or something else.
“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
~ Lao Tzu (Unsourced, 6th to 4th century BC)