Jesus Christ is our peace

Jesus Christ is our peace

By REV. DR. RICHAR... | 28 May, 2016
In times of conflict, religion can function like a double-edged sword; fermenting conflict or reducing it. We are living in a world marred by increasing hostility. What can we do to “break down” these walls of hostility dividing people and nations?
Along with being reconciled to brothers and sisters in Christ, we must focus our time and energy on working for peace and justice throughout the world! We find a good example in the life and work of Jesus Christ. The gospels feature accounts in which Jesus is linked with non-Jews; this included wise men from the East (Matt. 2:1-2), the Syro-Phoenician woman (Matt. 15:21-28), the “good Samaritan” (Luke 10:29-37), the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42) and at least two Roman centurions (Matt. 8:5-13; Mark 15:39) and others. These passages demonstrate that Christ’s good news is not restricted to any exclusive category of people, but extends to all. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross achieved what was not possible for humans in their wayward state: reconciliation with God of Holy love. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, broke down a wall that separated humanity from God. Jesus Christ is our peace (Eph.2:14). 
Humans are too trapped in the deadly effects of sin to return to God on their own – or to even notice the wall that is keeping God out. The cross of Jesus is a reminder for all people, at all times, to be convinced of God’s unconditional love for them.
Instead of celebrating the richness of our cultural diversity, we can easily allow differences in ethnicity, race, nationality, geography to conceive suspicion of the other. This sets us on the road to ignorance, breeding prejudice and hostility. However, with the love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we can be champions of promoting peace in this hurting world, in need of a Saviour. Let us be peacemakers!

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India and its Vedic ethos and culture is the only country which generously favoured the genesis and development of three Dharmas: the Brahmanist, the Buddhist and the Jaina. The Indians published this co-existence in magnificent stone at Ajanta. Brahmanism with its bountiful polytheism, Buddhism and Jainism with their noble rejection of God-talk and God-belief as impediments to genuine spirituality, are forms of belief and worship which had been in existence for about five centuries before the advent of Jesus. In contrast, the monotheisms of Judaism, Christianity, and especially Islam, have - despite a laudable statement here and there in their scriptures - nothing to offer in the matter of tolerance, compassion, love, tolerance, which had not been earlier proclaimed, taught, transmitted, by the Indian Dharmas. On the contrary India and Indians have suffered tremendously from the impact of the alien Monotheistic powers of Islam and of Christianity. Jesus on the Cross has been used - the word is "used" - as the reason of the misfortune apportioned to the peoples who do not believe in the false, unproved, mistaken doctrine of the cosmos into Nature and SuperNature which, perfected as the Believer-Infidel division of Humanity in its extension in Muslim civilisation, has been historically a malediction on "natural" peoples. As naturals men and women were given the status of animals because they were not christened and promoted as super-naturals. There was no sin in enslaving the natural. The slave had the same status as the ox, or the mule, as the beast of burden. It was as late as 1870, that a magistrate in America decreed that the Native pre-Columbian Indian too had a soul! Again, Jesus on the Cross has been the source of centuries of conflicts, wars, massacres of Christians against Christians. Judeo-Christian Europe fought 2 world wars, with Christians killing Christians, with the killing of Gypsies, Jews as a lateral expression of Faith and Piety. The blinkered proposition of Rev Howell in pleading for understanding and friendship among all beings without any reference to the rich, abundant Indian heritage is, to say the least, a disguise for the exclusiveness of Christianity and of Christians in their antagonism to peoples believing in non-revealed "religions". Historically the "natural religions" have proved to be more humane, more charitable, more respectful of the gift of life, than have the revealed "super-natural religions". Nevertheless the reconciliation which a follower of a natural religion does experience with the inhumanities which have resulted from the belief in super-natural revelations consists of the admiration and love for the great arts which these have inspired. The Gothic cathedrals and the elevated Music, in addition to a glorious literature, which pertain to the history of Christianity does sometimes tempt one to wink at the horrors generated by super-natural believing.

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