At this time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Christianity, it might be a good idea to step back and look at its origins in light of the word, “Peace.”
At the birth of Jesus, the angel proclaimed – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” Luke 2:14
When He met an infidel, Jesus said – “Thy faith hath saved thee. Go in peace” Luke 7:50
When faced with a life threatening storm, Jesus said – “Peace! Be still!” Mark 4:39
When teaching the masses, Jesus said – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9
When speaking about his death, Jesus said – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
When greeting His disciples after His resurrection, Jesus said – “Peace be with you.” John 20:19
It doesn’t take very long, after listening to Jesus speak, to learn He was all about Peace. Peace with God and peace with mankind. Yes, in one verse He spoke of a sword, but that was in the context of how faith in him would separate His followers from non-believers. The difference would be sharp and that is as it should be. But never did Jesus advocate going out and lopping off the heads of those who opposed Him. Rather, He called his betrayer, “friend.”
The Apostle Paul declared peace to the Jews and Infidels in Romans 2:10 – “Glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
James, the brother is Jesus taught – “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of those who make peace. James 3:18
The Apostle Peter echoed the Lord’s teaching when he wrote – “Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” I Peter 3:11
In recent days the administration has been trying to sell us on the notion that Islam is a religion of peace. If that is so, why did the president’s speechwriters leave out the fact that of the 49 times peace is mentioned in the Quran, most of them were in reference to not making peace with non-believers (infidels) as compared to the 429 times “peace” is spoken of in the Bible? According to the Talmud (the Jewish equivalent of the Old Testament), The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.
So when public opinion, political correctness, or even the leader of a nation demands we rethink our position on Christianity, remember the words of our Lord. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”
Submitted by Author Bryan M. Powell