As I listen to the news…watch the horrific pictures…this is a question that comes to mind. Will there ever be peace?
In so many ways, history would give a negative answer.
I am a follower of the One we call Jesus…whose nickname is “Prince of Peace.” And that gives me hope.
It is possible to quote scriptures from all religions that would seem to promote violence and war–and some of them are very graphic.
But it is also possible to find a command in all the major religions to live in ways that would bring peace–if we were willing to do so. That requires something of us…to see “the other” as someone like us…and to want for them what we would want for ourselves.
|Christianity||All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
|Confucianism||Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.
|Buddhism||Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
|Hinduism||This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.
|Islam||No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
|Judaism||What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
Talmud, Shabbat 3id
|Taoism||Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien
|Zoroastrianism||That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.
I know…the question always comes up about how/why should we do that when “the other” isn’t willing to do so? It has to start somewhere–so why not with us? If we persist in doing what we have always done, how can we expect any different results?
Will we ever have peace? I believe so. But I also believe that it must start within…only then will we be able to have eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters of one family.
Yes, it is a dark time. But…
We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.–Saul Alinsky