It depends entirely on the conviction of the individual whether he is a child of peace or is paving the way for war. Christ confirms this: 'What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean ... Whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and it is this that makes someone unclean. For from the heart come evil intentions: murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury and slander (Matt 15:11, 18-20). Man is not born with his convictions. They are learned and acquired. Ultimately, peace is a matter of education. Therefore, parents and teachers are obligated to present their convictions to young children. They should not depict war as heroic because murder and destruction are not heroic, nor should our young people be trained to be enthusiastic about war, but rather about the peace Christ desires.
Desperate human beings, both clergy and laymen—as if they were possessed—make every effort to defend war and military training. The root cause of war cannot be found in the few 15 or 20 puppeteers who wage war but in the accepted mentality, the habitual thought patterns, and hollow slogans, which without proof are taken as Gospel truth even by Christians. These established, even “sacred,” thought patterns are the most dangerous and disastrous instruments of war. This poisonous gas not only numbs the brains of the masses but even reduces to blind submissiveness scholars and theologians who are supposed to guide the people. Over the course of time, the poisonous gas of these soul-destroying thought patterns has also invaded the inner sanctum of the Christian proclamation of the Word. But the name of Christ is ‘Prince of Peace’ not ‘commander in chief.’ Christ is the ‘Prince of Peace’, not the commander of armies.
*Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.
*A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.