The Peace of Good

That there can be any least disharmony in the realm of Truth is simply unthinkable to those who believe in the God and Father revealed in Jesus Christ. It follows that all phases of conflict speak for the effects of untruth, hence the manifest fact of the world's present submergence in falsity.

When to an appalling international war is added the religious and political contentions, the economic strifes, and the many other present-day struggles, one begins to wonder where the dove of peace could find any least promise of the passing of the flood of wrong. Moreover, we know that all the phenomena of war without are but incidental to that war within so graphically described by St. Paul in the seventh chapter of his letter to the Romans, a war which has been as continuous and inclusive as human history. There can be no question, therefore, that from the material point of view not only peace but hope of betterment seems today to be perishing beneath the feet of Mars.

Under these circumstances the sop to content supplied by the theology that offers a heaven beyond the grave, has not satisfied, and cannot, for the reason that it does not honor the Master's declaration of the ever-presence of that kingdom of Truth and Love which is "not of this [material] world," and because the perennial failure of spiritual truth in its struggle with error upon this plane would leave no unquestionable ground of assurance that it can succeed upon any plane, or that this seeming conflict is not an essential part of the very nature of things.

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Among the Churches
June 12, 1915

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