The answer to that question may depend on whether you consider yourself to be an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist. Someone with an optimistic view of life might say: "Sure. Just give humans a little more time. They will figure it out." A pessimist might answer: "No way. Humanity is inherently a violent, war-like race and thus peace will never come." Which category would you say that you fall into? On the other hand, a realist might say no, and yet, yes. More on that later.
Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Palestine, the list goes on and on. So many hot spots in the world. So much hatred, violence, utter disregard for human life. Terrorism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, tribal warfare, and yes, world wars, have plagued mankind over the past 100 years. In fact, WWI began just over 100 years ago, ushering in a century of so-called modern warfare that consumed over 100,000,000 people. Is that statistic hard for you to believe? Experts say that more people were killed in the 20th century by war than in the preceding 19 centuries combined! But is war really a new phenomenon? Hardly. For those familiar with history mankind's sordid past is a journal of conquest, war, hate, and prejudice. Wealth, land, religion, power, resources, and political differences are just some of the reasons why humans choose to fight. It is just as the wise old king said some 3,000 years ago: "All this I have seen, and there was an applying of my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his injury."*
That having been said, the pessimist's point of view may therefore appear valid. After all, if men have not been able to bring peace in their 6,000 years of (recorded) history, they never will!" The optimist may be accused of mere wishful thinking, of having his head in the clouds, as it were. So that brings us back to the realist point of view. More pointedly, to a Bible educated realistic point of view. The Christian realist understands that, like the pessimistic viewpoint, humans appear incapable of bringing world peace (Jeremiah 10:23). On the other hand, the Bible clearly states that world peace is coming, and soon (Isaiah 2:2-4; Psalm 46:9 etal)! Does this present an unsolvable conundrum, a contradiction of ideologies? Not at all. The Bible states that while imperfect humans cannot solve the problem of world peace, along with a plethora of other intractable issues, there is
someone qualified to accomplish the task. That person is none other than Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Jesus is God's firstborn son, the one created before all other things (Colossians 1:15-18). As such, he has spent countless eons with his Father, learning all of the wonderful secrets of the universe. Indeed, the Scriptures say that not even one other thing was created outside of his jurisdiction (John 1:3). In addition, this spirit son of God came to the earth and spent 33 years among us. He felt hunger, pain, love, sadness, exhaustion, and abandonment (see Gospels for full life story). The combination of these things makes him outstandingly qualified to be earth's new king. What kind of king will he be? Well, what kind of person was did he prove to be during the short time that he was here? The gospels show that he was kind, loving, impartial, powerful in works and deeds, utterly devoted to his Father and the doing of his Father's will.
Very soon all human governments will be destroyed by Jesus and his holy angels in the great battle called Armageddon (Daniel 2:44; Revelation chapter 19).** No more will greedy, war-like humans be permitted to form nation-states. Earth will be united under one government, the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:10). Nationalism, patriotism, and all that goes along these short-sighted human belief systems will become unpleasant nightmares of the past. Only those who submit to earth's future king NOW will be permitted passage through the time of troubles ahead (Luke 13:23,24; 21:34-36).
So, in answer to the question: Is world peace attainable, the answer is no - not by human means! And again, yes, by means of God's chosen king - Jesus Christ. When Jesus begins his 1,000 year reign, the words of the prophet Micah will then been fulfilled: "And they will actually sit, each under his vine and under his fig tree, and there will be no one
making them tremble, for the very mouth of Jehovah of armies has spoken it (Micah 4:4).
Hope to see each one of you there!
For more information please visit JW.ORG
** for more information on Armageddon please see my previous journal entry titled: Armageddon: The true story