The Age of Peace
September 23, 2010

People want peace. We wish for an end to war, to violence and to oppression. We hope for a more just and peaceful future. We may even expect a more just and peaceful future — an Age of Peace.

But the Age of Peace is coming to an end. As fraught as the last half century has been with violence, poverty, oppression and war, it was probably the most orderly and peaceful episode in history.

But now the storm clouds are building, as political leaders around the world face the need to provide for their nations and groups in a resource-constrained future. The coming decades will see war and conflict escalate throughout the world — war and conflict over food, water, energy.

God has sent a New Message to the world. It warns of the need for cooperation between peoples and nations. It warns of the dire consequences of engaging in resource wars. And it warns you and me to curb our actions and attitudes that require and encourage war, namely denial, over-consumption, and blame.

God’s New Message prepares us to face a world of scarcity, conflict and decline. Hopes and expectations for a peaceful world, a stable world, a just world and an abundant world — these will need to be set aside. Peace is not what’s coming. Change is coming.

Twenty years from now the world will be unrecognizable. Nations will collapse. Economies will collapse. Ecosystems will collapse. This is not the bright future we’ve been hoping for. But it is what’s coming.

The order and relative peace that you and I have enjoyed in recent decades is going to give way to struggle and conflict. How will we cope with this?

According to M.V. Summers, God’s Messenger, there is a boundless source of security and certainty within each of us. God placed it there, and in fact it is our lifeline to the Creator. It’s called Knowledge, and it’s a deeper mind that we each possess.

You may remember it. Perhaps it moved you like intuition, withheld you from a destructive relationship, guided you to take a specific action, or to pursue some endeavor. Maybe you felt it as a sense of purpose, a sense of God’s will in your life.

The New Message is about building our relationship with Knowledge, our relationship with God. This relationship will be the source of your strength and stability as the world grows ever more insecure, as the institutions and assumptions that you depended on begin to crumble.

In abiding with Knowledge within us, in heeding its call to action in our own lives, in following its will, in experiencing its power and presence, here we each can experience the deepest peace, as around us the Age of Peace concludes.