A Message of Peace to Israel and Palestine
In the annals of history, the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine stands as a testament to the complexities of human relations, political dynamics, and religious interpretations. It is often cited as evidence of secular and religious ideologies’ challenges in forging a lasting peace. The Bible, foundational to Christian beliefs, offers insights into the values of peace, love, and understanding, emphasizing the transformative power of faith in Christ.
One of the key teachings of Jesus Christ is the call for peace and love. As expounded in Matthew 5:9, it is stated, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” This divine promise highlights the divine rewards awaiting those who actively pursue peace. The directive is further amplified in Matthew 5:43-44, where the teachings exhort followers to love even their enemies and to pray for those who may be against them. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, echoes this sentiment in Romans 12:18, emphasizing the need to strive for peace with all individuals, regardless of circumstances.
The Bible also accentuates the theme of universal reconciliation. In 2 Corinthians 5:19, the Bible speaks of God reconciling the world to Himself through Jesus Christ, emphasizing forgiveness and unity. This verse underscores the message that divine love surpasses human divisions, offering hope and reconciliation to all.
The exclusivity and power of faith in Christ as a mediator between humans and the divine are further illustrated in John 14:6. Jesus states, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” This statement underscores the belief in the unique and transformative role of Jesus Christ in guiding individuals toward divine love and understanding.
Yet, amid these teachings, the Bible promotes unity and inclusiveness in Jesus Christ. As highlighted in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This verse amplifies the idea that faith transcends societal, ethnic, and gender divisions, emphasizing the oneness of humanity in Christ.
In conclusion, the Christian Bible offers a roadmap to peace, love, and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. It is the spiritual guide available to humanity. The Israel-Palestine conflict, and others like it, underscores the need for faith in Christ to forge the path of understanding, unity, and lasting peace. As highlighted in Eph 2:14-18, Jesus Christ is our peace, who has made the Jews and the Gentiles (the non-Jews) one, having abolished in His flesh the enmity. He came and preached peace to you. Through Christ, we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Fr. Abraam Sleman