Azrael lays groundwork for the Gnostic peace movement and addresses the differences
between the peace of God and the peace often envisioned by man.
God’s understanding of peace operates on a global scale, yet begins and resides within
the individual. God’s peace empowers you because it is rooted in choice. Man’s understanding
of peace typically has its origins outside of the self (religions and governments)
and is forced upon the individual.
God’s peace, begins with you. It begins with your choice and commitment to live peaceably
as a sovereign, responsible individual, even when faced by violent opposition.
“The peace that God offers begins with an individual: me, you...that’s where God
Attempts at utopian societies are examples of men using institutions to force their
“peace” on others (Mao Zedong, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc.). These attempts at “heaven
on earth” typically suppress individuality, and involve the loss of civil rights,
large-scale oppression and mass murder. Man-made “peace” is rarely peace, but rather
a dictator’s tyrannical attempt to maintain power and control over a population.
“There’s nothing in the Bible that would cause me to value the peace offered in that
book, because it’s always preceded by a blood bath.”
The peace that God envisions will take your whole lifetime. The Gnostic peace movement
will be quiet. It will take commitment and time, patience and endurance. Don’t expect
any ticker-tape parades celebrating your peace.
The Song of God offers a realistic and effective approach to creating a citizenry
of peace based upon choice, not force. In this often violent world, the exception
can become the rule; with personal commitment, diligence and consistency, peace can
become the operating paradigm.
“I never expected the world to be peaceful for my sake. I think that’s a childish
way to look at something. But, I can live peaceably for the world’s sake. Now that
I can do. Everybody can do that.”
World peace begins with your personal commitment to live peaceably.
“It just takes diligence. As long as you don’t quit, we succeed. We win.”
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not after the rudiments of men
would I give unto you, but according to the glory which is in the Father would I
give unto you.
Consider then the wars of men, this strife between the nations; for there are many
who speak of peace while yet they seek to war, being themselves as those confused
and filled with empty words; be not yourself as one entangled in the snares of violent
But be to them a light which shines and seeks to be a friend, lifting up before their
eyes the honor of your peace; speaking not with condemnation, neither filled with
bitter judgment, but gently standing forth as one who chooses peace instead.
Stand you now as one with God and prove yourself most wise; for if you would give
to the world the peace of God, then must you first possess it; becoming yourself
that good example worthy of emulation, showing forth in word and deed a far more
better way, becoming yourself that very gift which God would seek to give.
Guard therefore the peace of God which you would seek to live, speaking gently with
all good humor in dealing with your life; enduring through an eager faith this world
of opposition, holding firm to God above while yet you dwell on earth.
Look around and deeply see this world in which you live, a world of war and bitter
strife, a world of hate and envy, a world where fear and endless greed do seek to
seize the mind; a world where shadows deeply prowl to take you by surprise.
Here again the battle rages between the darkness and the light, each seeking some
advantage, each side eager to take the prize and claim the final glory, to take as
captive the world of man or to set it free of war.
Thus do those of lesser vision make war because of pride, forcing upon the world
of man a burden filled with fear; casting deep within the mind the hurt of great
despair, always seeking through vain deceit to justify their cause.
Be not yourself as one deceived nor as one who is lured or baited, but hold most
firm the peace of God and remember who you are; standing firm within that faith which
fills you up with joy, holding on to things eternal to become again most holy.