Obama visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and spoke of the ultimate causes of war. He did this with the clear purpose of laying blame at the feet of two humanist scapegoats. Since the “Great Awakening,” we have seen humanists point their finger at two reasons that man goes to war.
Nationalism and religion. These are the two issues they claim that can account for all human fighting and killing. If we allow others to believe as they choose and we see that all people are a part of a larger all-inclusive family, war will cease. The President echoed those same sentiments in his speech.
“How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause,” he said. “Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers that have claimed their faith has a license to kill.”
Obama blamed “religious zeal” or “nationalist fervor” for inspiring humankind to war throughout history, but urged the world to seek a future filled with peace.
Now, if we take this thinking to its logical conclusion, the President is in an indirect way calling for the end of both of these things. If you do not take your religious beliefs to the extreme, then you will not make war on your neighbor.
Likewise, if you are not so in love with your nation, you will not sign up to attack your neighbor. It seems very logical to think that if we remove all our convictions, then we would be at peace, but this takes one thing for granted. This is assuming a peaceful nature in man. It is this thinking that was prominent in early 20th century Communism.
If we removed all reasons for envy, the thinking went, then we would have a peaceful society. This “equality” would bring the end of all crime. The Soviets would say, “There is no murder in the Soviet Union.” This was proved wrong time and again.
We also have to remember that there is no peace, absent the Prince of Peace. Plans for world peace that seeks its goal without the gospel and Jesus Christ are doomed. Christ and Christ alone can make enemies into friends. And God has promised that He will make it so. Isaiah 11:1-10