An interesting exchange about the meaning of Peace arose…
So @PDPrice wants to end division by having us all together reject evolution.
Basically, if we don’t come around to agree with his interpretation of Scripture, we are going to be divided. So long as we disagree with YEC, conflict is ahead.
And this brings me to a key point. Peaceful Science is different. We are looking to build bridges fully aware that in the end we will still disagree.
Our value of “humility” is stated in a particular way. We have the humility to know that, even if we are right, we cannot convince everyone to agree with us. So when we look to build bridges, to seek a better way, it isn’t by winning everyone over to our point of view.
If that was the case, we would have kicked @PDPrice and others like him off the forum a long time ago.
Instead, we know our disagreements will persist, and we hope to understand one another across our disagreements. We will likely still disagree, but the divisions might fade. That’s a different sort of peace than that which @PDPrice offers, and it both requires more of us and is more achievable all the same.
There’s a paradox with the peace of Christ: He did not come to bring it (yet), but we make it, and He guides us in it.
If someone is poor in spirit and persecuted for righteousness’ sake, they are making peace. Not sure what I’m saying exactly, other than I do a bad job of it.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Some of my favorite verses:
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the [j]Dayspring from on high [k]has visited us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”