Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
The biggest problem I have in discussing this topic with Christians is that many of them falsely believe that "peace" and "unity" are the same thing. This is a worldly type of thinking, and it is not the way the Bible uses and defines "peace."
If you have ever been to a modern day wedding ceremony, you may have heard the phrase "If anyone object to this union, speak now or forever hold your peace." This is giving an opportunity for anyone that did not approve of the marriage to speak the truth about it, and give their reasoning against it, otherwise, the marriage was finalized by God and man could no longer interfere.
(The marriage ceremony we are familiar with today is based on pagan rituals and witchcraft; read "Marriage: What Christians Should Know" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
To "speak your peace" is when you see something wrong with what's happening in front of you, and you speak up about it. To "hold your peace" is to see something wrong, but find it not worth the effort to voice the problems (i.e. be quiet), and most often, Christians hold their peace out fear they might upset someone, but if what we say is the truth, we ought not to hold back because the Bible tells us to hold our peace when we discover the person/people will not hear our words.
Here are some verses that refer to speaking/holding one's peace:
And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Furthermore, there is a false peace that is preached by those who are wicked:
For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Jesus Christ points out the difference between the His peace, and the "peace" of the world:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
honor (v): to revere; to respect; to manifest the highest veneration for, in words and actions
(See 'honor', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Oct 4, 2016 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
(Read "False Doctrine: Unlimited Submission to Government" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Since Jesus said He came to bring division, this leaves us with a very important question: How do we get the peace of Jesus Christ from division?
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.
-1 Corinthians 5:6-7
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be... I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
The peace Jesus Christ brought is the calmness and tranquility in knowning that despite our sins, we have received his grace and will not have to suffer eternity in hell. And God blesses us for being calm and tranquil towards one another, and to encourage that calmness and tranquility between others.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Salt flavors.It can make things taste better. We Christians ought to improve the lives and situations of those around us. Salt preservers.It keeps good things lasting longer. We Christians ought to preserve truth, righteousness, and the Word of God. Salt irritates.It burns when applied to a wound. We Christians ought to be irritating to those hiding in darkness.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Jesus Christ tells us to have salt in ourselves, meaning we will be irritating to others, but we can do so while still being peaceful with them. That means we can be calm, cool, collected, kind, understanding, but still be irritating to those who have their hides chapped by the Holy Law of God. Peacefulness means nothing without the salt, so it's something we should be extra careful not to lose.
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Christians who stand on the Biblical definition of peace are often accused of being "unpeaceful" people, but they are most often using a logical fallacy called "equivocation," in which a man uses a word that is ambiguous (i.e. it can have multiple meanings and it is never clearly defined), so no one will know what he actually means by what he says. In logical argumentation, it is sometimes called a "linguistic boobytrap."
The word "target" can refer to a specific point one is aiming at, or it can refer to a shopping center. Without specifying the definitions of the word, it is nothing more than doublespeak.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
One of the important doctrines that gets ignored in modern-day churches is division/separation. In most churches today, if any division takes place, whether in the church or not, it is considered "wrong," but this is not what Jesus Christ taught us.
And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Why would Jesus Christ teach us to separate ourselves from those people who will not hear (or adhere to) the Word of God? Because if we don't have division, they'll end up leavening the lump (i.e. the Body of Christ).
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
(Read "Wolves in Costume: Rick Warren" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Many Christians have complained at me in the past that we should never give up on our brethren, but this is not what the Gospel of Jesus teaches us. We FORGIVE them if they have done us wrong (if they repent), but there is certain point that Christ teaches us to depart from them.
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
-1 Corinthians 5:9-11
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee,
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
sanctify (v): to cleanse, purify, or make holy; to separate, set apart, or appoint to a holy use
(See 'sanctify', Noah Webster's Dicitonary, 1828, [www.1828.mshaffer.com])
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body... That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-1 Thessalonians 5:23
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
(Read "Is Repentance Necessary?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
The only thing good I can say about this statue is that it accurately represents the new-age "Jesus" the church is teaching, but the sickening part about it is that even though the heathens recognize this is the image the church is portraying to the world, Christians continue to spread this false concept instead of reproving it.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
We are to be sanctified (divided from) the world, but often I see those claiming to be Christians who are persecuting Christian brethren for separating (sanctifying) themselves from wickedness and worldly lusts. I have seen many railing accusations come from those who don't hold the Word of God as their foundation for all knowledge.
railer (n): one who scoffs, insults, censures or reproaches with opprobrious [contemptuous/abusive] language
(See 'railer', Noah Webster's Dicitonary, 1828, [www.1828.mshaffer.com])
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
-1 Corinthians 5:11
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
-1 Corinthians 5:12-13
When we evangelize, our first priority is to give the law of God, which is what Jesus Christ did when he preached to the lost.
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him... Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
-1 Corinthians 5:13
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
-2 Corinthians 6:17
So there was a division among the people because of him.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
yoke (v): to be or become joined, linked, or united
(See 'yoke', Random House Dictionary, 2013, Random House Inc, retrieved Sept 10, 2013 [www.dictionary.com])
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
-2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: