“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #8

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: What can be done to bring peace to warring nations or peoples?

Answer: We all long to see the day on earth when this prophecy in Isaiah is fulfilled:

“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2)

We must lift up our prayers and our lives to see that day. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations.” (My. 277)

“War will end when nations are ripe for progress.” (My. 281)

“God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will
establish the brotherhood
of man, end wars, and demonstrate, ‘on earth peace, good will toward
men.’” (My. 279)

“I am absolutely and religiously opposed to war, whereas I do believe implicitly in the full efficacy of divine Love to conciliate by arbitration all quarrels between nations and peoples.”  (My. 284)

“Love now is dawning over every nation;
Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation,
Love bids all discord cease.
Conquering hate, enthroning peace,
Love, Love alone is power.” (Hymn 179)

Further Study: Read in Genesis 13 about Abram and his nephew Lot. Abram’s actions brought peace.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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Peacemakers - #8

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