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The Right Fight
by Mike Keating on Wednesday, 17th of February 2016

The Right Fight

One of the startling ironies of history is that the founder of the Nobel “Peace” Prize was the Swedish inventor of dynamite. Alfred Nobel produced his invention in 1866 and he initially called in ‘security powder’. He believed that the discovery of this dangerous substance would only promote peace and stability in the world. How wrong was he! It has been estimated that over 1 billion people have since died because of this explosive invention.

“I hope”, he once wrote, “to discover a weapon so terrible that is would make war eternally impossible”. We can agree with this scientist’s aspiration, but he could not have be more misguided if he tried. One can only imagine what he might have thought had he lived a little longer to see the atomic age and the arms race that was shaped by the MAD idea; being an acronym for ‘mutually assured destruction’.

However, the real fight is actually not at the end of a gun. No real peace is achieved through weapons or military conflict. There are many nations that are technically at peace in that they are not at war with another nation, but their peoples are full of toil, trouble and strife. So many are dissatisfied with life, and pursue pleasure, seek escape, addicted to drugs and disposal relationships, and yet absolutely crave inner peace.

A little reflection shows that our real fight is surrounding the concepts of the ‘good’ life. We have to battle for how, what, where and the ‘why’ of life. Discovering the real meaning of life is critical to solving the world’s problems.

Life is not about:

  • The pursuit of pleasure
  • The avoidance of pain
  • The acceptance of fate
  • The accident of evolution
  • The survival of our genes
  • The designing of your own reality

True lasting peace can only be found in discovering peace with God, and this then translates into peace with ourselves and then peace with others. Jesus said:

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Jn. 14:27 NKJ)