August - 17 - Thursday

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Luke 2:14

War and peace was the subject of the lesson in school. The teacher knew how to hold his pupils’ interest on this question. They had a long discussion on the possibility of avoiding warfare. The question was asked: why not abolish all weapons? Creating peace without weapons was a worthwhile objective.

One pupil remarked that Cain had killed his brother Abel before there were any weapons. However, the teacher had no suitable explanation for this case. The conclusion was: weapons must be abolished.

What does the Bible say on this subject? It shows that the actual cause of all wars lies in the heart of man. Because Adam and Eve had sinned, man’s heart became a source from which evil flowed. Anyone can discover envy, hatred and enmity within himself, if he is honest. In the case of the two brothers, Cain and Abel, it was clear that envy and enmity were the cause of the first murder. And they are often the cause of wars.

At the birth of the Saviour the angels proclaimed “Peaceon earth!” to the shepherds in Bethlehem. But people rejected the Prince of peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, and as a result peace on earth, too. There will only be peace on earth, when Christ appears for the second time to establish His reign of peace after judging all evil.

Today, however, everyone who accepts Christ as Saviour and Redeemer, receives a new heart and peace for his conscience.