We never seem to want to address the 500 pound gorilla in the room, that is the religious basis of wars. We talk all around these issues, give geopolitical and security reasons for war, but in the end they are based in religion and a sense of righteousness. After all every warring faction believes “GOD” is on their side. The truth is peace is attainable, however it must be based on freedom of religious practices and respect of beliefs.
The brotherhood of men is founded on the fatherhood of God. The family of God is derived from the love of God — God is love. God the Father divinely loves his children, all of them. The kingdom of heaven, the divine government, is founded on the fact of divine sovereignty — God is spirit. Since God is spirit, this kingdom is spiritual. The kingdom of heaven is neither material nor merely intellectual; it is a spiritual relationship between God and man.
If different religions recognize the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, then will all such religions remain at peace. Only when one religion assumes that it is in some way superior to all others, and that it possesses exclusive authority over other religions, will such a religion presume to be intolerant of other religions or dare to persecute other religious believers.
Religious peace — brotherhood — can never exist unless all religions are willing to completely divest themselves of all ecclesiastical authority and fully surrender all concept of spiritual sovereignty. God alone is spirit sovereign. You cannot have equality among religions (religious liberty) without having religious wars unless all religions consent to the transfer of all religious sovereignty to some superhuman level, to God himself.
The kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men will create religious unity (not necessarily uniformity) because any and all religious groups composed of such religious believers will be free from all notions of ecclesiastical authority — religious sovereignty. God is spirit, and God gives a fragment of his spirit self to dwell in the heart of man. Spiritually, all men are equal. The kingdom of heaven is free from castes, classes, social levels, and economic groups. We are all brethren.
But the moment we lose sight of the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, some one religion will begin to assert its superiority over other religions; and then, instead of peace on earth and good will among men, there is only dissensions, recriminations, even religious wars. When we look at history, the corpses of wars waged in the name of religion outnumber any other carnage waged on the planet. We all know this, but refuse to stand up to defend those who may not have the same belief system that we do, and in failing to act, we are violating our own beliefs.
Freewill beings who regard themselves as equals, unless they mutually acknowledge themselves as subject to some super-sovereignty, some authority over and above themselves, sooner or later are tempted to try out their ability to gain power and authority over other persons and groups. The concept of equality never brings peace except in the mutual recognition of some over-controlling influence of super-sovereignty.
There can be no lasting religious peace on Earth until all religious groups freely surrender all their notions of divine favor, chosen people, and religious sovereignty. Only when God the Father becomes supreme will men become religious brothers and live together in religious peace on earth.
This is the reality of truth. We are all guilty of not acknowledging this truth. We, in fact, are so earth-centric that it never crosses our mind how in such a vast universe, somehow this religion or that religion as practiced here on this little planet is supreme in all of the universe. On its face, it is ludicrous to have such a notion.
It is the responsibility of ALL religious leaders to recognize the sovereignty lies with GOD and not any man or religious leader. It is the requirement of these leaders to acknowledge this reality and to admonish all to look toward God. With the exception of a few minor religions, all recognize the supreme Creator and all acknowledge that our allegiance should be to that creator, not some radical religious leader, be they Christian, Jew, or Muslim. We are all truly sons of man and sons of God, and by that reality, we are all equal in the eyes of God. We need to leave the judging of our righteousness on earth to God.