THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PEACE

Is the peace a preparation for a new war or the war is a means for peace? What is the idea of peace and what is the mission of humanity for peace?

The secular and Christian understandings of peace are different. Christ says: “My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27). It is also the speech of the apostle Paul: ” “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4: 7).

That peace is God-given and cannot be established just by human efforts. Peace is associated with human communication with God, and the disruption of peace in the world testifies about the disruption of the peaceful feelings and of the peace of the soul in the man’s inner world.

Opposing to God’s will leads to contradictions and to the damage to the peace. In a peaceful place, intolerance and fights arise. It signifies that external peace is impossible without internal peace. This is what the prophet Jeremiah says: “Peace, peace, but where is the peace?” (6:14).

Isaiah’s prophecy describes the dream of mankind of a peaceful, secure, and creative world: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:4).

This prophecy is a prediction of the future when mankind trusting in God will be fully self-obliged and eager to fulfill its centuries-old dream of peace. Universal turning to God’s is the guarantee of universal peace; the inner peace of the heart and soul is the guarantor of external peace.

The desire for the establishment of peace is a course of the imitation of Christ. Christ, through the salvation given to the humanity, established peace between men and God. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Ephesians 2: 13-16).