Q: Will we ever achieve peace on earth? -- P.S.

A: The human race continues its futile search for peace in all the wrong places, placing its hope in governments, successes, or religions. This is what the Bible says concerning mankind's futility: "The way of peace they have not known" (Romans 3:17). Today there is little personal, domestic, social, economic, or political peace anywhere. Why? Mankind has within it the seeds of suspicion, violence, hatred, and destruction.

Millions search for what can only be found in Christ. There have been men and women who had the ability to write a check for a million dollars, and would offer it, if it would bring them peace. But peace cannot be bought.

Peace will not come to the world until Christ returns. "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division" (Luke 12:51). Jesus was not saying that He prevented peace; He was giving fair warning that His message would divide people. After all, who likes to be told they are sinners who must repent? When Christ began His earthly ministry, He showed love, gave comfort, and brought healing. The people's response was to oppose Him, reject Him, arrest Him, and kill Him.

And Satan does everything in his power to steer peace seekers away from the Peacemaker, Jesus Christ. The same people that talk of peace, lobby for it and convene peace conferences, are often the same people who are blinded by Satan who does not want the world to recognize the Source of peace.

But personal peace can be realized in the here and now. Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace" (John 16:33). The future does not hinge on the world situation, however grim it might become. It depends on what each person does about Jesus Christ.

This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.

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