Is peace on earth possible?

According to Christian tradition, the birth of Jesus was announced by angels who proclaimed a message of peace on earth. Today’s Question: Is peace on earth possible?

  • reggie

    There won’t be peace on earth until we rid ourselves of religious superstition and greed, the two most destructive forces known to humankind. Not going to happen anytime soon…

  • Steve the Cynic

    Maybe, in a few places, from time to time, but not everywhere all at once.

  • Steve the Cynic

    The impossibility of world peace should not keep us from working for whatever amount of peace is possible.

  • Jim G

    Unfortunately, no. Each person can choose peace and life of peace each day. But If just a minority people refuse peace, and instead choose confrontation, we won’t have peace in on earth. As an example, look to the leadership of the NRA this past week: they chose to deny the truth that easy gun availability enables gun violence. They they then try to distract us. Jesus’ coming into the world is a message of peace. I highly doubt he’d choose to be an NRA member.

    • georges

      If there had been an NRA in the time and place of Jesus………

      The Big Government of that time would NOT have been able to murder Him.

      Word………..

      • Jim G

        Merry Christmas, georges. Peace and good will to you and you and your family.

        • georges

          And same to you and yours, Jim

  • georges

    No, of course not. Peace on Earth is not possible now, or at any time in the future, just as it was not possible at any time in the past.
    There are only 4 emotions that cover 99.999999999999% of all human activity. Love, hate, greed and fear. And each of the 4 are merely the end result of the one giant beast that drives all……Ego……..the love of ones self, and ones own feelings.
    The number of us that are objective…..truly neutral, without ego…..and therefore able to figure out right from wrong, is so small that we can be counted on one or two hands….no need to even take your shoes off.

    Merry Christmas to all…….

  • CLee

    I think peace would be easy if that were the true goal. Unfortunately, the true goal is power which, most often, negates peace.

  • bob hicks

    Such a fatuous question. Whether the proclamation comes from angels or aliens, peace on earth can only be close to possible if the human species — especially the dude segment –were gone. Even then, there would still be animal predators, animals who kill their own young, and tribalism-related violence among animals. My hope for the new year is that the questions featured in Today’s Question will generally be less lame. Cheers!

  • Sue de Nim

    Not as long as people keep blaming others for all the troubles in the world and refuse to look in the mirror. As long as we blame other people’s greed, religions, ideologies, egos, etc., and as long as we refuse to see the image of God in other human beings, hostility will abound. Take the log out of your own eye first.

  • Gretchen

    The first step would be achieving peace with our neighbors.

  • Michael Zalar

    In France, in 1914, along large sections of the battlefront fell silent at just this time of year. There was sudden peace in the middle of the most horrific conflict the world had seen.
    It’s not much, but it gives me hope that somewhere in the future, maybe the far future, there will be peace

  • Ann M

    Jesus came to pay the price for my sin.. Because of the cross, I can have forgiveness/peace with God and spend eternity with Him. While we are on earth, nothing will be perfect. There will be people like Hitler, Kim Jung Il, and Osama Bin Laden. There will be conflict within communities and within families.

  • Sandy Tracy

    It is possible to have peace on earth. However, more people need to see the possibilities of a peaceful world in order for it to happen. Let’s have a major conversation about the advantages of peace.

  • GregX

    According to …
    (1) the NRA .. only if everyone is armed and fearful of
    each other.
    (2) most religions … only if everyone thinks as they do.
    (3) most lexicographers … depends on what you mean by peace.

    I prefer to think in terms of “quantum peace”, human ability to perceive time and string theory. That which you seek exists always and eternally. You merely need to find it and participate in it – thereby altering it – hopefully for the better.

  • Rich

    The kids are in bed. there is peace in our household. God bless and Merry Christmas

  • JasonB

    What is ‘peace on Earth’? There is always peace somewhere. I have lived on a relatively peaceful Earth my entire life. A world of conflict and strife is mostly one made aware to me through media, not experiencing it directly. I would not be so arrogant to pass judgement on the chances of peace when I don’t have a stake.

    Here in America we have it good, very good. Most who were born here and wish for peace are referring to other places. As privileged citizens we have a responsibility to be aware of our good fortune while not dismissing other nations. We should not be so cynical or insensitive about the fate of peace as if it was a bother to be preoccupied by others’ suffering.

    Merry Christmas. Peace to all!

  • Wally

    True peace is only possible by truly repenting, and hanging onto some good weaponry to deal with those who don’t.

  • Nicholas

    How Is Peace Possible In This World?

    This is a question everyone must ask. Certainly peace seems to be impossible here. Yet the Word of God promises other things that seem impossible,as well as this. His Word has promised peace. It has also promised that there is no death,that resurrection must occur,and that rebirth is man’s inheritance. The world you see cannot be the world God loves,and yet His Word assures us that He loves the world. God’s Word has promised that peace is possible here,and what He promises can hardly be impossible. But it is true that the world must be looked at differently,if His promises are to be accepted. What the world is,is but a fact. You cannot choose what this should be. But you can choose how you would see it. Indeed,you must choose this.

    Again we come to the question of judgment. This time ask yourself whether your judgment or the Word of God is more likely to be true. For they say different things about the world,and things so opposite that it is pointless to try to reconcile them. God offers the world salvation;your judgment would condemn it. God says there is no death; your judgment sees but death as the inevitable end of life. God’s Word assures you that He loves the world;your judgment says it is unlovable. Who is right? For one of you is wrong. It must be so.

    The text explains that the Holy Spirit is the Answer to all problems you have made. These problems are not real, but that is meaningless to those who believe in them. And everyone believes in what he made,for it was made by his believing it. Into this strange and paradoxical situation,- one without meaning and devoid of sense,yet out of which no way seems possible,- God has sent His Judgment to answer yours. Gently His Judgment substitutes for yours. And through this substitution is the un-understandable made understandable. How is peace possible in this world? In your judgment it is not possible,and can never be possible. But in the Judgment of God what is reflected here is only peace.

    Peace is impossible to those who look on war. Peace is inevitable to those who offer peace. How easily,then,is your judgment of the world escaped! It is not the world that makes peace seem impossible. It is the world you see that is impossible. Yet has God’s Judgment on this distorted world redeemed it and made it fit to welcome peace. And peace descends on it in joyous answer. Peace now belongs here,because a Thought of God has entered. What else but a Thought of God turns hell to Heaven merely by being what it is? The earth bows down before its gracious Presence,and it leans down in answer,to raise it up again. Now is the question different. It is no longer,”Can peace be possible in this world?” but instead,”Is it not impossible that peace be absent here?”