The world is powerless to give peace.  There is sufficient hatred, selfishness, bitterness, malice, anxiety, and fear so that every attempt at peace is rapidly swamped.  Attempts to achieve personal equanimity – or merely political stability – whether by ritual, mysticism, or propaganda without dealing with the fundamental reasons for strife are intrinsically loathsome.  That is why God denounces prophets and priests alike who practice deceit.  “They dress the wound of My people as though it were not serious.  ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, where there is no peace”. . .The world promises peace and waves the flag of peace as a greeting.  It cannot give it. – D. A. Carson (born in 1946)

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