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  • Psalm One Hundred Thirty Three

    It is a wonderful thing for the people
    to live in peace and harmony with one another.
    It is like being pampered in a spa,
    where they gently pour
    soothing, scented oil
    across your skin
    and gently massage you
    until you fall asleep.
    With peace come these fragrant oils,
    from the dews of Hermon,
    from the dews upon Mount Zion,
    and these are the balms,
    the Lord has decreed for us.

    The Mysteries of God

    George Carlin used to talk about his Catholic upbringing in his comedy routines. In one routine, he lambasted the priests for their favorite come back line when they were asked a question they couldn't answer. “Well, it's a mystery.”

    Mysticism has a lot to do with religion in most of the world. The apostle Paul wrote:

    ”For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” - 1 Corinthians 13:12 [KJV]

    So, bottom line, there are things we have to take on faith. Living in peace isn't one of them.

    God did not intend for us to kill one another. That is our idea. God did not give us the brains and abilities we have to build machines that continually lead us to better ways to kill one another. That is our idea.

    Now you may argue that without war we would not be at the state of technological advancement we are. War and conflict do spur us from necessity – the necessity of learning how to kill more efficiently. And the outgrowth of the things we discover have led us to many wonderful inventions. Microwaves, smart phones, the internet, the home computer, the automobile, the airplane, and all of these other things we take for granted are all outgrowths of war.

    But you have to ask yourself: Are we living better lives, because of all this technology. Have we made a better place to live, a better place to raise our children, a better planet where war and prejudice and hatred and avarice are part of the past? Or have we done nothing to improve ourselves?

    Peace is the natural outgrowth of faith unless it is corrupted by envy. What we know as the Golden Rule is a rule in all faiths, and intended to guide us all to peace.

    Unplug your television, turn off your phone, walk out your front door and knock on the nearest door not attached to your dwelling. Get to know your neighbor, and his neighbor. When you do, you will discover they may be of another religion, but I am betting they desire the same thing as you: Peace.
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