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Did Jesus bring peace or more problems to the world?

Updated on July 25, 2011

Did Jesus bring peace or more problems to the world?

I have always taught Christians and others the need to live in peace and it is obvious that peace can only be possible when we learn to respect our diverse religious views. Most at times, those that I defend condemn me because I am not one of them. That is they expect me to join them and condemn others while I choose to defend all. This is because I do not think that any man will follow a religious path that does not make meaning to him or work for him consequently, we all belief what we accept as the true religion and religious doctrine. That is why you are currently practicing your faith and you will remain in your faith until you see reasons to change from it so why do I should I condemn, persecute, kill, or hate you when I will not want you to do the same to me because of my religious belief, especially when you never stopped me from choosing and follow my own path?

I once told a protestant Christian friend that there is need for Christian unity and brotherhood so that when others see such unity it becomes easier to convert people. He said that division has been there from the beginning even when the apostles were still teaching so it is not possible to have peace even among Christians. I spoke to another person and he said that some Christians are false Christians. He is a Jehovah’s Witness member so I asked him, are you sure you are the real Christians if there are false Christians? Definitely, they think, just like all other Christian sects, that they are the real Christians. I told him that it is not his duty to decide the false Christians but he insisted that the truth is in the bible. Then I wondered, as I asked him, “Is it not the same bible other Christians used?” he said, “yes but they do not understand its true meaning.” That is the same old story I hear.

It is said that Jesus is the prince of peace and it is expected that Jesus through Christians should bring peace. Those that enjoy peace do so within themselves because there is no peace outside ourselves. That is peace is what we as individual can decide to attain not minding what happens around us or if others disagree with us. Maybe Jesus was right when he said in the gospel of Luke 12:51, “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” So is Jesus actually the prince of peace? Did he bring peace or more divisions and problems among men like he said? If he brought division then it is normal that it should start in the church for he sowed it. If he brought peace then it means that the acclaimed Christians are those that choose to be divided but how can they be divided if there was no division and need for a division among them?

Maybe Christians should learn to first put their own house in order before they attend to others.


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      davidkaluge 5 years ago

      Like you said, Christians do not use weapon to attack others unlike some Muslims but in the past they did. However, tell me how can you have peace when you speak against the practices of others which you do not like and they speak against yours? The hub is not talking about persecution but peace and unity among Christians and between Christians and other religions. You do not agree with other Christian’s views just as you expressed your view against the Catholic. You are right that Christians have changed the pattern of the war by using pen, preaching, among others to threaten the peace of others. That is why some people feel unsafe to hear they would go to hell just for their belief as a different Christian sect. There is no how we won’t have something to talk about but it seems you don’t like “live and let live” because you said neutrality is not good. The churches are struggling to get members so its becoming a business that is why there are many churches and no peace among the sects.

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      David Ramses 6 years ago

      I agree Christians should stop attacking one another. But let me say, I have not seen a Christian attacked because of Christianity. I have seen their practices spoken out against. When they are attacked, they will be beyond the use of defensive words. Jesus was speaking about the fact that His message would cause divisions in belief because the devil,or "evil forces" or "darth vador" or whatever you want to call it, would certainly immediately begin confusing people about His message. This division began to take place in the early church, before the end of the bible. Christ did not stand in front of a Buddhist temple and claim "your religion and practices are wrong" nor did He say "let us have peace on earth." On the contrary, He stood against organized religion as a whole and His actions would lead one to believe that He considered organized religion, in itself, to be a major source of strife and conflict. These are biblical viewpoints. Personally, I do not think we are destined for peace on earth as carnal human beings. Rather, I think conflict and debate are in our less-than-perfect nature. So long as there is a topic, there will be a conflicting viewpoint on it. The bible says, "There will be wars and rumors of wars..." The only peace it talks about comes after the apocolypse. So long as the world is ruled by the wicked and is the dominion of evil, there cannot possible be peace on earth. The entire idea of getting everyone to agree and believe that total acceptance and tolerance are righteous is ludicrous. In fact, it is, in itself, unrighteous. If nobody is wrong, we are all perfect. If nobody is right, we are all lost. If everyone is "neutral" we no longer care and have abandoned our morals and ethics. Global acceptance, zero persecution, and one-world religious viewpoints are not in our future. Our future is filled with wars and rumors of wars. It contains an apocolypse, a literal whole-world battle, and much death. Persecuting another is never right, I agree. Unfortunately, the world is not right. It is filled with evil, decadence, hatred, and malice. Speaking for myself, my beliefs are mine and I have my reasons for them. Someone else could not possible believe the same. These "Christians" you speak of seem more like a political party than followers of Christ. The bible says, "If they will not accept you, shake the dust from your feet as you walk away." Every act of forced comformity (such as the Crusades ) are against the very teachings of the beliefs they claim to hold. The bible tells us to spread the gospel, never to persecute, and to walk away when it is rejected. Any Christian who acts appalled, fearful, or offended by another person's spiritual viewpoints, beliefs, religions, or dogma is not at all a Christian. God is not the author of fear, hatred, and persecution. A true Christian fears nothing and nobody. Christ has entered them, they have accepted Him and His Holy Spirit, and they are "as bold as lions and as wise as serpents." True Christians will treat all people kindly, regardless of their beliefs. There is no wisdom in persecution. However, like I suggested, the "persecution" of today is not even persecution. If one Christian shares their beliefs in words, and those beliefs disagree with the practices of another denomination, the other denomination claims they are being "persecuted". Maybe they hope to reap the benefits the bible says await those who are persecuted in His name. But the fact is, history is riddled with true Christians who experienced true persecution (in its violent, physical form) at the hands of disagreeing Christians and enemies of the true faith. Those people know what persecution is. Not these "Christians" in our "my pen is my sword" age of "persecution by technological communication.If true persecution against Christians ever breaks out in this country, or anywhere for that matter, again, we will see all the denominations huddled together, led by those who are true Christians; and all those stupid "differences" and disagreements we call "persecution" will disappear (probably instantly). Paul was persecuted in the bible. He was a Christian and persecuted for that reason. It came in the form of a huge stone striking him in the head, nearly killing him.

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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      That is what people have to understand but they will always claim to be doing their job of spreading the gospel by condemning others as they preach. Does it mean people can't preach without speaking against others or make hate speeches.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      It is wrong to condemn or to judge any person.

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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      Thanks Artin for stopping by and keep praying as you believe.

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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      Chillie Thanks for your comment and I must say you are more confused than I. I do not think that only Christians are doing the right thing or are saved so I do not see any sect as right or wrong I look at what you do not what you teach. That is what you do to others because of your belief. Some Christians spend their time preaching against those they call false Christians so it means they see themself as true Christians. Isn't it? Christians should learn to focus and stop attacking one another that a point.

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      Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Very good write, I enjoyed reading your perspective. In my mind I see all humans as tainted by both sides good and evil forces. We are kind of stuck in between to realms. Since the beginning of time man kind has been trying to tune into and decipher/decode the message within the written word (Bible) so that he/she can live accordingly as the Word directs us too. It is the confusion created by spiritual battle going on that keeps us thrashing back n forth between living rightly and living in sin. It is this constant struggle to understand ourselves and religion that is causing the division. Just my opinion here and I am surely not even close to being a theologian, however I do pray a whole lot! lol very nice work! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Art

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      ChillieP 6 years ago

      I think you may be a little confused here. You are looking at a number of Christian groupings and asking which is the one true division. What we are called on to do is actually to diligently seek. You are responsible for your own soul and its final destination. There will always be divisions and we are not always in a clear position to know just and see the folly of our own or others. there may be individuals in what we see as errant sects that are just as "saved" as those we consider to be living in the light. We are not here to condemn, persecute, kill, or hate any race or religion. Those that do these things do them out of arrogance or perhaps ignorance. There is enough material in the Bible to make these things very clear.


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