Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” —Luke 12:51-53

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me. —Matthew 10:21-22

There are those who still think that peace will be able to be known in this fallen, sinful world—

“Someone said that people are too greedy…. It’s much deeper than that. Our society has only evolved from survival of the fittest to survival of the richest. We have not achieved civilization.
Once people get rid of money, religion, competition, and primitive thinking processes, and once people understand the scientific method, evolutionary morality, behavioral science, environmental factors, and cooperative problem solving- Maybe then we can achieve world peace. Of course people would need to start by realizing that everyone is a victim of culture. And once you understand that concept and understand why it is imperative to treat EVERY human being with respect and dignity, then we can focus on eradicating ignorance through getting adequate education to the masses. Then we can implement a resource based economy in which all of the world’s resources are declared as the common heritage of everyone. From here forward we would automate and have a computer run world resource management system.”

Wow! That is an interesting thought… But how many people truly think like this? I am sure the percentage is quite high. This person puts the blame on the world’s unrest on just about everything except the sinful mature of man. This person does not see the real problem. Instead, they are trying to figure it out in their own head. There are no man-made solutions.

Jesus made it clear that He did not come the first time to bring peace to this world. Actually, division will occur because of Him. There will never be a lasting peace until the Prince of Peace comes back and makes “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). There are those in the past with these type ideas mention in the above quote who have slaughtered millions trying to bring in their “peace.” Unfortunately… it will happen again…

Dear Father, this world will never know the peace that only You can bring. I thank You for being at peace with You through Jesus and for the peace that You give through Jesus. May I encourage others to know that peace and may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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