The benefits of belief in the Resurrection
After belief in God, belief in the Resurrection has the primary place in securing a peaceful social order. The one, who does not believe that one day he will be called to account for what he has done in the world, is not expected to live an honest, upright life. But one who always acts in the conviction that he will give an account of his life before God in the other world will certainly live a disciplined and upright life. The Holy Book declares:
“In whatever affair you may be, and whichever part of The Holy Book you recite, and whatever deed you do, We are witness over you when you are deeply engrossed therein. Not an atom’s weight in the earth and in the heaven escapes your Lord, nor is there anything smaller or greater, but it is in a Manifest Book (10:61).”
Whatever we do, the noble angels appointed to do that record small or great, important or unimportant. Besides, God fully knows and is fully aware of all our deeds, intentions, thoughts, and imaginings. An individual who lives in full consciousness of this will find true peace and happiness in both worlds, and a family and community made up of such individuals will be as if living in Paradise.
A peace movement is a social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars), minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or type of situation, often linked to the goal of achieving world peace. Means to achieve these ends include advocacy of pacifism, non-violent resistance, diplomacy, boycotts, moral purchasing, supporting anti-war political candidates, creating open government and transparency tools, demonstrations, and national political lobbying groups to create legislation. Continue reading “Peace Movement”
Back in the ‘sixties, when the peace movement was in full flower, I was teaching at a university in New York City.
Since I had 150-or-so students, evenly divided into three philosophy classes, it was a good opportunity for me to allow those who were in my charge to improve my grasp of that elusive ideal which had so enthralled and animated them. After all, they were the “peaceniks” of the Movement. Continue reading “Peace is within”
As in other religions, peace is a basic concept in Islamic thought. The Arabic term “Islam” itself (إسلام) is usually translated as “submission”; submission of desires to the will of God. It comes from the term aslama, which means “to surrender” or “resign oneself”. Continue reading “Peace in Islamic Philosophy”
The peace sign, one of several symbols used to represent peace
Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding . Continue reading “Peace”
Pacifism is the opposition to war and violence. The term “pacifism” was coined by the French peace campaigner Émile Arnaud (1864–1921) and adopted by other peace activists at the tenth Universal Peace Congress in Glasgow in 1901. Continue reading “Pacifism”
Nonviolence has two (closely related) meanings: (1) It can refer, first, to a general philosophy of abstention from violence because of moral or religious principle (e.g. “She believes in nonviolence.”), or (2) it can refer to the behaviour of people using nonviolent action (e.g. “The demonstrators maintained their nonviolence.”)
Much of the general philosophy of nonviolence has ‘active’ or ‘activist’ elements, in that they accept the need for a means of struggle to achieve political and social change. Continue reading “Nonviolence”
Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being “at peace” is considered by many to be healthy (homeostasis) and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss, happiness and contentment. Continue reading “Inner Peace”
Light of God, Light of Christ, Christ within, That of God, Spirit of God within us, Light within, inward light and inner light are related phrases commonly used within the Religious Society of Friends as metaphors for Christ’s light shining on or in them. Continue reading “Inner Light”