A Testimony on Peace
The doctrine of nonresistance is a Biblical principle-taught by Jesus Christ and practiced by the early Christians in obedience to Christ’s teaching and example. He was heralded as the Prince of Peace by the ancient prophet, and when He was born in Bethlehem, Judea, the angelic host proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). This Jesus, the Saviour of mankind, the Prince of Peace, taught the principles of the peace doctrine in very clear tones and with much emphasis. In His teachings He said: “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36). Christ’s Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom.
We believe the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. It was taught by Jesus Christ to His disciples and can be accepted as the constitution for the Christian Church. We believe its teachings should be literally observed by its members. To be able to understand and make them fully a part of one’s life, it is necessary to become a new creature in Christ–be born again, as Jesus taught Nicodemus in John 3, and follow His steps (1 Peter 2:21).
When “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5), it is not hard to love those who may misuse us (Matthew 5:44). In this same chapter Jesus says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said [in the Old Testament], An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you. That ye resist not evil.” “But I say unto you. Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, … and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.”
When two disciples once asked Jesus to retaliate (Luke 9:54), “He turned and rebuked them and said. Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
Jesus came to bring peace into the hearts of men. Can you imagine what it would be like to live among neighbors, in a nation, and in a world where peace and love reigned supreme-if one would be wounded or sick, one would be ministered unto; if hungry, fed; and each one would seek another’s welfare? Jesus taught us to live the Golden Rule: “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12). Jesus said, “This is my commandment. That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12).