Free­dom from Vi­o­lence: Peace

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The Bi­ble por­trays many in stances of pro­tec­tion from at­tack or vi­o­lence, and gives ev­i­dence of an over­all dis­ap­proval vi­o­lence. God pro­tects His peo­ple, as in

Lev 26:5-6 (CEV): “You will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will re­move sav­age beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your coun­try.” Also in Job 5: 15, 21, 24, “[God] He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the pow­er­ful. You will be pro­tected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when de­struc­tion comes. You will know that your tent is se­cure; you will take stock of your prop­erty and find noth­ing miss­ing.”

The prophet Isa­iah also ad­dresses the is­sues of se­cu­rity is­sue for his peo­ple: “My peo­ple will live in peace­ful dwelling places, in se­cure homes, in undis­turbed places of

rest (Chap 32:19).” Sim­i­larly, David re­quests of God: “Make me dwell in safety”

(Ps 4:8).” Se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion from harm­ful vi­o­lence or at­tack by oth­ers is in im­por­tant in the view of the Bi­ble writ­ers. More than that, the Bi­ble en­cour­ages har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ships, as in Rom 14:19: “Let us there­fore make ev­ery ef­fort to do what leads to peace and to mu­tual ed­i­fi­ca­tion.” The Bi­ble guar­an­tees safety in the eter­nal city, see­ing the city gates will be open con­tin­u­ally (Isa 60:11). The gates of the city need not be shut, since there are no en­e­mies there.138 Ac­cord­ing to the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, Ar­ti­cle 3:139 “Ev­ery­one has

the right to life, lib­erty and se­cu­rity of per­son.” This dec­la­ra­tion is the cur­rent world stan­dard.

In or­der to have free­dom from vi­o­lence, there needs to be peace. On the other hand, Peace is the re­sult of over­com­ing from vi­o­lence, since peace (Latin, pax) is an agree­ment, to re­frain from war or hos­til­i­ties.140 Ac­cord­ing to “The In­ter­preter’s

Bi­ble Dic­tionary”, Peace is un­der­stood in a va­ri­ety of con­texts, “the state of whole­ness pos­sessed by per­sons or groups, which may be health, pros­per­ity, and

se­cu­rity.”141 ‘Peace’ can also re­fer to mil­i­tary and eco­nomic peace, the end­ing of

war, as well as na­tional or fam­ily pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity. Fur­ther­more it im­plies the

bod­ily health of the in­di­vid­ual, and the whole­ness of peo­ple in their so­cial re­la­tions and in­di­vid­ual ex­is­tence.

Po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity is also called peace in 2 Kings 20:19, and Isa 32:18. Peace means the ab­sence of war (Judge 21:13; 1 Sam 16:4-5); it is op­posed to war or strife (Luke 14:32; Acts 12:20).

Peace can also re­fer to the har­mony in so­ci­ety and na­ture (Lev 26:6; Job 5:2324), har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ships within the whole fam­ily (Matt 10:34; Luke 12:51), and happy per­sonal re­la­tion­ships (Rom 14:19, Eph 4:3)142.

In mod­ern time peace is of­ten un­der­stood to be equiv­a­lent to pros­per­ity. In the Bi­ble also, peace can re­fer to “pros­per­ity” (Ps. 37:37), par­tic­u­larly “eco­nomic pros­per­ity” (1 Chr 4:40; 22:9; Ps 37:11; Isa 54:13). In many cases, peace is also men­tioned in con­nec­tion with health, a good life and health­ful sleep (Ps.4:8). Peace is also ac­count as “length of life” (Prov 3:2).

Gen­er­ally, peace rep­re­sents free­dom from vi­o­lence. If there is no vi­o­lence, it will be peace. The Bi­ble en­cour­aged us be­ing peace in the world. The Chris­tian hope of sal­va­tion is to re­ceive peace.

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