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I enjoyed reading Mr. Paul's "A never-ending war for self-determination" opinion piece, but I think "self-determination" as it is taught to us is the great lie. It feels great to be made to think we control our destiny, but we did not determine to be born, and we cannot determine to stay alive. What makes us think that anything we do or determine leads us anywhere but to our grave? We all end up there. War is not the problem. Self-determination is the problem.
Our first ancestors chose self-determination and rejected God's will. They chose to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, against God's will, so they would become as gods. They gained the knowledge of good and evil, but they could not become gods and therefore could not resist evil. We suffer this curse. Why did God let this happen? Because God loves us and he wants us to love him. True love is free, so God made us free to choose him or not. In our sin, we are apart from God, and God wants us back. He cannot take us back, however, because he will not let evil and sin into his kingdom. So where is the hope?
Jesus. Jesus took our sins upon himself, and carried them to the grave. Because he is God, the source of life itself, he was able to defeat death and rise from it. He did this so we might live. If we choose to hang on to our sin, we will follow it to the grave. All we need to do to live is repent and accept Jesus as Lord and savior. All we have to do is acknowledge we are lost, evil and have no clue, and put our trust in whatever he shows us. We are born into death. We can be born again into eternal life through Jesus Christ. "He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."
There is no peaceful solution for 6 billion self-determining individuals. Somehow we are going to have to align our wills. Which will shall we align ours to? How about the will of our creator? His is the only eternal one. "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."