Q: I used to think that some day we’d live in peace and harmony with each other, once we learned to be friends and accept each other. But now I’m beginning to have my doubts. Does the Bible say anything about this? Will we ever see a better world? — E.P.
A: There are many reasons for war, unrest, and crime. Some people are motivated by the acquisition of money and power and will endanger the well being of others to satisfy their own desires. These may be petty criminals, organized crime syndicates, or tyrannical dictators such as Muammar al-Gaddafi or Kim Jong-il. Still others are driven by their will to impose their world view on others. These world views could be framed as socio-economic systems such as Marxism, capitalism, democracy or as supernatural belief systems such as Christianity, Islam, or New Age spiritualism. Many religions, and especially Christianity, have been implicated in both of these areas (thirst for power and money and imposition of will). I believe that in order for us to reach some semblance of world peace, much of Earth’s population will first need to reject belief in the supernatural. This will remove any authority that tyrannical religious organizations have over the populace. At the same time, the establishment of free societies and open government in all countries is needed. With a growing number of people rejecting their faith in gods and with great improvements seen in political rights and civil liberties world wide over the last 40 years, I think we are inching closer to the ideal of living in peace and harmony.
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