Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Question: What is meant by a “false sense of peace”?
Answer: A false sense of peace is the kind of peace that is merely covering up sins or troubles that have not been eliminated. For instance, have you ever done something wrong, and then lied to protect yourself from being yelled at, or punished? You may have kept the peace for the moment, but you did not truly help yourself by covering up the wrong doing. That is “false peace.”
True peacemaking is being willing to uncover error in order to have it identified and
destroyed. That sometimes takes courage. Now, this does not mean we are to go around telling people their faults or becoming tattle-tales! But, if it is our responsibility, we must be willing to expose error, when necessary, and correct it, in order to bring about lasting peace. This goes for our own sins, too.
“This mistaken way, of hiding sin in order to maintain harmony, has licensed evil, allowing it first to smoulder, and then break out in devouring flames. All that error asks is to be let alone; even as in Jesus’ time the unclean spirits cried out, ‘Let us alone; what have we to do with thee?’” (My. 210)
“Who art thou, vain mortal, that usurpest the prerogative of divine wisdom, and wouldst teach God not to punish sin? that wouldst shut the mouth of His prophets, and cry, ‘Peace, peace; when there is no peace.’” (Mis. 209)
Practice: Think of situations that might tempt someone to lie. What advice would you give to that person?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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