Why is it that wars must come to pass? And why should we not be troubled by wars?
It is important to understand that Jesus knew the state of mind of his listeners. But far more all-encompassing, he knows the state of mind of the human condition in general. He sees clearly that the human condition is not one of everlasting peace of mind. And he is aware that what is seen "out there" in man's world is a reflection of what is happening "in here" in man's mind.
"Not my mind! I'm a pacifist!"
Not your mind? So you are totally untroubled by war? More than that, your mind is totally free of any conflict?
Because Jesus is teaching that if in your mind you are at war with war, you are teaching war to the world. Jesus would say a true pacifist would have a mind so totally peaceful and untroubled in every respect whatsoever that there is not even a temptation to refer to oneself as a pacifist.
The very human condition, the state of being human, Jesus points out in his modern day revelation, A Course in Miracles, is a state of conflict until peace is chosen totally. In Chapter 23 entitled, "The War Against Yourself," Jesus teaches:
"The memory of God comes to the quiet mind. It cannot come where there is conflict, for a mind at war against itself remembers not eternal gentleness. The means of war are not the means of peace. And what the warlike would remember is not love.
"How strange indeed becomes this war against yourself! You will believe that everything you use for sin can hurt you, and become your enemy. And you will fight against it, and try to weaken it, because of this. And you will think that you succeeded, and attack again.
"War is the condition in which fear is born, and grows and seeks to dominate. Peace is the state where love abides, and seeks to share itself. Conflict and peace are opposites; where one abides, the other cannot be; where either goes, the other disappears."
So we join with Jesus in not being troubled when we hear of wars or rumors of wars. Yet what is meant by the last part of Mark 13:7, "But the end shall not be yet?"
Even when we are finally able to forgive war, staying untroubled by war "out there" in the world we look upon, how are we going to react to any conflict we happen to notice entering our own mind to tempt us? Are we going to be troubled because we notice we are still a bit human? Or are we going to laugh at the feeble little attempts of the ego to draw us into war in our minds, immediately forgiving the ego which knows not what it does anyway ... and once again choose peace?
For the end will come when we laugh and choose peace.
"The world will end in peace, because it is a place of war. When peace has come, what is the purpose of the world? The world will end in laughter, because it is a place of tears. Where there is laughter, who can longer weep? The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow. When joy has come, the purpose of the world has gone. And only complete forgiveness brings all this to bless the world."
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