HISTORY PROVES THE REALITY OF TRUTH
As we glance over the pages of history this saying of Jesus stands sure and true. Those nations who have risen by the sword have fallen among the ruins of their own false hopes. History has proven that strife begets strife and the way of the transgressor is hard.
In international strife all nations are beaten, in so far as they have taken up the sword in hate, avarice or lust. We do not recognize that apparent power which lasts for a day, for it is but a false gesture defeating its own purpose as falseness ever must.
Jesus, speaking from the viewpoint of Eternal Truth, said that all who take up the sword shall perish by it. We should remember that life is not well reasoned unless we reason from the standpoint of the Eternal Soul. Those who have given the best to the world have always been best remembered by it, and most loved throughout the ages. If we attempt to measure existence from this short
span of life it would not be explained and we would find no real answer to life itself.
Hate begets hate and strife produces strife. Love alone overcomes all and justifies the eternity of her dominion.
A certain man had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough, and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best
robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.
And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he bath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gayest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. ~LUKE—Fifteen.
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