Global relations concept as a group of white peace doves holding olive branches coming together from the east and west to form a world map as a symbol for peace talks between nations (Photo by lightsource)
Is the current state of global peace due-in-part to the work of the Holy Spirit in advancing righteousness and peace in the world?
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul to the Romans in Romans 14:17 (circa 56 A.D.)
According to the 2014 Global Peace Index (GPI), only 28 of the 162 countries surveyed experience a Low, or Very low state of peace. Conversely, the majority (83%) of countries around the world exist in a Medium, High, or Very high state of peace. Despite two world wars fought within its borders in the 20th-century, Europe continues to be the world's most peaceful region. Furthermore, the study reports that "We are living in the most peaceful century in human history."
Up until a century ago, Europe also contained the largest concentration (66%) of Christians in the world. Recall that the ancient Roman Empire (geographically similar to modern Europe) was, in the first-century A.D., the most dangerous region for Christians during emperor Nero's reign. Although no single continent or region today can claim to be the center of Christianity, its far-reaching, world-wide influence certifies Christianity as a truly global faith.
The top two most peaceful countries surveyed were Iceland and Denmark. Evangelical Lutheran Christianity dominates both populations at 76% and 80% respectively. New Zealand is the third most peaceful country in the world and consists of a more diverse religious population (44% Christian, 2.1% Hindu, 1.3% Islam).
Thus, the favorable Global Peace Index may, in fact, be due-in-part to the work of the Holy Spirit in advancing righteousness and peace in the world (John 16:7-11, Romans 14:17, Galatians 5:22-23) through, the ever-increasing number of Christians since Pentecost circa 33 AD (Acts 2:38-41).
Sabz, S. (2014, October 18). Is the world at peace, or in turmoil? Retrieved from https://scienceandbibleresearch.com/global-peace-index.html