"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Violence and War - often for religious reasons -are escalating ever more during our time, while politicians and religious leaders endlessly carry out peace talks - but on the basis of what?
How can we find a genuine basis for living in peace,
independent of every culture and religion?
Jesus of Nazareth never founded a religion or a church. Instead He brought a high jethics and morals that lead back to God, for God is the Father of all His human children, regardless of religion. And Jesus was a pacifist.
So what did He teach about this and what does He say today
through the prophetic word of our time?
Every human being is a temple of God, for the Spirit of God dwells in every soul and in each cell of the earthly body.
Therefore, the one who disrespects his neighbor, the temple of God, disrespects his own temple, too - and thereby, God. For as a person behaves toward his neighbor, he also behaves toward God. Every lack of respect toward one's neighbor, that is, towards a temple of God, is a sin against the Holy Spirit.
The one who kills his neighbor thereby destroys a temple of God. Then the soul of the one who was killed no longer has the possibility, in its earthly body, to expiate, or maybe to accomplish, that which was assigned to it for this earthly existence.
Remember, you people, "Those who take up the sword will perish by the sword" means that the one who arms himself against his neighbor, be it only by affirming the unlawful, will die because of what he has affirmed, or will have to suffer from it. For he has contributed to the negativities which were and are thus brought about.
But the one who recognizes this in time, who repents his wrong behavior and makes amends for it, receives salvation and, in certain cases, does not have to bear the effects - or has to bear only a part of them. Whether everything that is sinful or only a part of it has to be borne depends on the complex of guilt.
The commandment of life reads, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." Every person should see in every one of his fellow men his neighbor, his brother and his sister. Even in your seeming enemy, you should recognize your neighbor and strive to love him selflessly.
The seeming enemy can even be a good mirror for your self-recognition when you become upset because of the hostility, which may have many faces; for when something on your neighbor upsets you, the same or similar thing exists in you, as well.