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If God Existed Prayer Would Have Brought World Peace
By Rich Deem (
GodAndScience.org)

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Jesus and Division
In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet referred to Jesus as the “Prince of Peace.” In the New Testament, He is called the “Lord of peace” (2 Thessalonians 3:16). And at His birth, the angels and the heavenly host said: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14). Around Christmas time we hear folks quoting these passages as if they were originally intended as a remedy for the sad state of affairs in the world (i.e., “wars and rumors of wars”). Contrary to what many people think, these passages are not  saying that His primary mission was to bring peace between men. Jesus did not come to bring peace in the way we normally think of the word.

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Introduction
Atheists claim that the absence of world peace indicates that God does not exist, since it would be obvious that He would grant world peace in request to sincere prayers in this regard. {1} Superficially, it would seem that world peace would be a good thing - something that one would expect to fall within the will of a good God.

See Section on Atheism

God doesn't want world peace!
However, surprising as it may seem, world peace is not part of the will of God. In fact, Jesus said that His coming would cause division instead of peace:

    "Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter- in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." (Luke 12:51-53)


God wants you to make spiritual choices
God's main goal in creating the universe in which we live was not to make a perfect place for people to live in. God's objective was to create a temporary universe in which free will spiritual beings could make spiritual choices. God's plan for the universe is to allow a large number of these spiritual beings (both angels and humans) to choose to spend eternity with Him.  At the appointed time, God will call an end to the present universe and judge those who reject His invitation. That is the reason that we are here. We are to choose to love or oppose God. As Jesus said above, at least half of the people will choose to oppose God and to oppose the people who follow Him.
 

InPlainSite.org Note: Sadly many believe that human free choice does not exist. That man was born with original or inherited sin (the stain of Adam’s sin). But does the gospel of Jesus Christ teach inherited guilt or free moral agency / individual accountability and responsibility? See Section..  A Question of Salvation
 


Spiritual choices cause world division
Jesus said that the division between His followers and those who oppose Him will widen as time goes on:

    "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name." (Matthew 24:9)

So, the reason why there is no world peace is because most people have chosen to oppose God and do their own thing. Jesus said that God will allow this unrighteousness to continue for quite a while, then bring a quick end to the persecution of the righteous:

    "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall. And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short." (Matthew 24:21-22)

It is at this time that God will judge the world and the unrighteous. Following this, God will destroy the universe and create a brand new one.


God's concept of peace
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, did not come to give peace to the world, but to give every individual who wishes it peace with God to.

    Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

This peace comes through repentance. Unfortunately, many people do not know what true repentance means. Here is Thayer's Greek definition of the word translated "repent"

    to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent

    to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins

Repentance is not simply saying a prayer and going along with one's own idea of what is right. It is believing God and responding in that belief. The Bible states quite emphatically that individuals come to repentance, which leads to salvation. Of the many verses in the Bible that refer to the will of God, they all refer to the will of God in the life of the individual, not in regard to any kind of global effort.  The Bible makes it clear that the goal of God is peace with individuals, and the He desires that all people come to this peace:

    This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:3-5)

     

Choose God - don't go along with the crowd
If you live to see the time of the end, remember what Jesus said. It will seem that things are going quite well for unbelievers as the people of God are silenced by those who hate Him. When this occurs, there will be little time to choose to follow God and the choice will be difficult. However, it will be the only choice that will prevent you from being eternally separated from God and eternal life in His Kingdom. Life is all about choices. God wants you to follow Jesus. I am not talking about becoming some right wing freak, just about following Jesus. Do the right thing!

Also See Section on Repentance... The Missing Message
What you believe about Biblical repentance is, quite literally, a matter of life or death. On innumerable occasions, the Scriptures record God as warning that He will only have mercy on those whose repentance is real, but will destroy those who do not repent and turn from their sin. Do not be fooled by the watered down Gospel message of “just “believe and be saved”, heard in so many churches today. Scripture presents Repentance and Faith not as the same thing, but literally as two sides of the same coin. You can't believe without truly repenting, and you cannot experience “Godly sorrow” without believing. Additionally, you are very likely to hear that the Greek word translated ‘repent’ or ‘repentance’ means to simply change your mind. However, what you are not told is that the Scriptures explicitly links repentance to sin

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