A: You are not alone in your search for peace. Just look around you—read the news, watch the TV, look into the eyes of your fellow men. All of us long for peace in this world filled with unrest.
Peace in the outer world will come only after the need for war is ended. World peace will only come when mankind stops fighting for power and supremacy over his fellow men. The Urantia Book offers a unique perspective on peace. I invite you to have a look at our topical study on Peace HERE.
But I sense that you are looking for a different kind of peace—inner peace—peace of mind...
Again, The Urantia Book, and most especially the teachings of Jesus , the Prince of Peace, offers any individual the means by which they can secure this kind of peace for themselves. The Urantia Book offers us the assurance of cosmic citizenship in the family of God, and the knowledge that we have a high and noble purpose for living. The religion of Jesus offers inner peace of the highest order.
When we search for this kind of peace, we have to go no further than our own inner lives.
(194:3.3) To Jesus, mortal life had dealt its hardest, cruelest, and bitterest blows; and this man met these ministrations of despair with faith, courage, and the unswerving determination to do his Father's will. Jesus met life in all its terrible reality and mastered it—even in death. He did not use religion as a release from life. The religion of Jesus does not seek to escape this life in order to enjoy the waiting bliss of another existence. The religion of Jesus provides the joy and peace of another and spiritual existence to enhance and ennoble the life which men now live in the flesh.
Here are some practical suggestions for finding inner peace from The Urantia Book :
You can see that dedicated religious living is the only sure way to secure inner peace; and it is not always easy to find. But the search is well worth the effort. Jesus said:
(111:5.4) Peace in this life, survival in death, perfection in the next life, service in eternity—all these are achieved (in spirit) now when the creature personality consents—chooses—to subject the creature will to the Father's will.
(100:4.3) Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.
(100:6.6) One of the most amazing earmarks of religious living is that dynamic and sublime peace, that peace which passes all human understanding, that cosmic poise which betokens the absence of all doubt and turmoil. Such levels of spiritual stability are immune to disappointment. Such religionists are like the Apostle Paul, who said: "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else shall be able to separate us from the love of God."
(101:8.4) Faith vitalizes religion and constrains the religionist heroically to live the golden rule. The zeal of faith is according to knowledge, and its strivings are the preludes to sublime peace.
(160:5.10) ...But are we willing to pay the price of this entrance into the kingdom of heaven? Are we willing to be born again? to be remade? Are we willing to be subject to this terrible and testing process of self-destruction and soul reconstruction? Has not the Master said: "Whoso would save his life must lose it. Think not that I have come to bring peace but rather a soul struggle"? True, after we pay the price of dedication to the Father's will, we do experience great peace provided we continue to walk in these spiritual paths of consecrated living.
The above quotes are but a tiny part of the revelation that is contained in The Urantia Book. Please click on any of the links to expand the quote and read more. I recommend that you visit our site often, and get to know The Urantia Book. One good way to start is to subscribe to our free service— Quote of the Day—which will deliver to your inbox a daily inspirational quote. In addition, there are many features on our site that will offer you great hope and encouragement to live your best spiritual life. And it is only that inner spiritual life that can ever deliver true and lasting peace. If more of us concentrated our efforts towards this kind of inner peace, outer peace would soon follow.
(157:2.2) "It is not the purpose of true religion merely to bring peace but rather to insure progress. And there can be no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth, the ideals of eternal realities. The issues of life and death are being set before you—the sinful pleasures of time against the righteous realities of eternity. Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope. And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows."
Finally, HERE is a selection of some of the best practical advice on living in the words of Jesus. Following this advice will contribute mightily to your success in finding the peace you seek.
Thanks again for writing, and best wishes..."