Si vis pacem, para bellum, “If you want peace, prepare for war” is not the teaching of Jesus. Indeed, it is in direct contradiction to Jesus’ teaching on the Way of peace. But, it is the principle on which every nation builds its military and justifies its military. It is a pagan Greek and Roman adage whose application has resulted in human history becoming for ordinary people a theatre of horrors and a bloody butcher’s block.
Si vis pacem, para bellum is the source of that humanly engineered virulent plague—that by any standard of morality is a crime against God and humanity—the arms race. Si vis pacem, para bellum is the basis on which the elites within the Christian Churches—bishops, priests, ministers and pastors—religiously legitimate sending the ordinary people in their communities, who trust them to guide them in the Way of Jesus, into the military, even though Si vis pacem, para bellum is a principle that cannot be acted on without flagrantly disobeying the commands of God Incarnate, Jesus, in thought, word and deed, e.g. “Love your enemies,” “Love one another as I have love you,” “Put up your sword,” etc.
Christian universities, colleges, high schools and elementary schools receive billions of dollars a year from governments, e.g., ROTC programs, to propagate the falsehood that Si vis pacem, para bellum, is in conformity with the will of the “Father of all” as revealed by Jesus in the Gospels. Men and women are permitted by the military to be Christian chaplains in the military only if they proclaim the false Gospel of Si vis pacem, para bellum. This means that Jesus Himself could not be a Christian military chaplain—unless He changed His teachings and taught as God’s will Si vis pacem, para bellum.
How long, O Lord, how long?