We received a variety of insightful comments in response to our newsletter article earlier this week, Is Peace on Earth an Impossible Dream?
So, as a followup, I’d like to share with you a few additional thoughts. (This post is longer than our usual short ones, which I know you and I prefer. But I think the subject merits it today.)
First, here’s a brief message I received from my spirit guides:
“There will never be the peace on earth many of you envision. There will always be diversity and disagreement. That’s as it should be.
“But that does not mean you must resolve your diversities and disagreements with violence and war. The absence of violence and war is an achievable dream for your world. And a desirable one.”
Second, here are my own thoughts:
I personally have never been involved in a war (in this lifetime). But I’ve seen the physical and emotional devastation it has caused with my close family and friends who were in combat.
I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church. The church has what they call the Just War Doctrine. I am no longer Catholic, but even when I was I had a hard time accepting this doctrine. It made no sense to me then, nor does it now.
However, the Just War Doctrine does say, for example, the extreme devastation caused by the United States’ bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War 2 was not a just war action.
Here are some other excerpts from that doctrine:
- “In broad terms, Christians must not love violence. They must promote peace whenever possible and be slow to resort to the use of arms. But they must not be afraid to do so when it is called for. Evil must not be allowed to remain unchecked.”
- “…the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.”
- “As the Second Vatican Council noted, ‘Insofar as men are sinful, the threat of war hangs over them, and hang over them it will until the return of Christ….’ The danger of war will never be completely removed prior to the Second Coming.”
I am not judging or criticizing the Roman Catholic Church. But I do not agree with them in their emphasis on “evil” and “sin.” Nor do I think humanity is going to be transformed or “saved” by “the Second Coming” (of Christ)—whatever that means to those who believe in it.
We are our own saviors because we are God. If there is going to be peace on earth, or at least an absence of violence and war, it is up to us to create it. As God in human form, that is entirely within our power.
Third, here are some thoughts from Seth, the spirit guide channeled by Jane Roberts:
“There is never any justification for violence. There is no justification for hatred. There is no justification for murder.”
Let me end here, with this final observation:
Harry Patch, the last surviving British soldier from World War 1, said before he died “War is organised murder, and nothing else.”
Do you believe peace on earth is possible? Is there such a thing as a “just war”? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.
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