The Promulgation of Universal Peace
9 November 1912
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Parsons
1700 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D. C.
Notes by Joseph H. Hannen
The address delivered last evening in the Jewish synagogue evidently
disturbed some of the people, including the revered rabbi
who called upon me this afternoon. Together we went over the
ground again, which I shall now review for your benefit.
It was not possible to make the subject completely plain to the
rabbi last night, as he was very much pressed for time, but today
the opportunity was sufficient for a reconsideration of the statements
in detail. I wish you to understand them thoroughly and
memorize them in order that you may discourse with the Jews and
thus, perchance, become instrumental in leading them aright.
The quintessence of our subject was this: What is the mission of
the Prophet, and what is the object of a divine law? In answer we
stated: There is no doubt that the purpose of a divine law is the education
of the human race, the training of humanity. All mankind
may be considered as pupils or children who are in need of a divine
Educator, a real Teacher. The essential requirement and qualification
of Prophethood is the training and guidance of the people.
Therefore, we shall first consider the efficacy of the teachings of
those who have been followed and accepted as the Prophets of
God. The question that must be answered is: Have They taught
mankind? Have They proved Themselves efficient Educators?
Among Them was Moses. We find that He appeared as the
leader of the children of Israel during a period of their captivity.
They were in a state of extreme humiliation, ignorance and heedlessness,
living in a very lowly manner in Egypt under conditions
of life worse than death. Imagine an ignorant people, downtrodden
and oppressed, thoughtless, negligent and mentally darkened, held
in subjection as slaves. Moses was appointed for their deliverance
and training. He guided them, led them out of bondage into the
Holy Land, uplifted them from ignorance and despair, trained
them so that they rose from a condition of lowliness and subjection
into one of honor and importance, and enabled them to reach a high
degree of perfection. They became proficient in sciences and arts,
attained a lofty plane of civilization, honorable and esteemed
among nations, whereas formerly they had been lowly and despised.
They were ignorant; they became intelligent, finally
reaching that period of supremacy and power witnessed in the Solomonic
sovereignty. Their name became widespread throughout
the world, and they were esteemed for distinct virtues. Even the
philosophers of Greece went to Palestine to drink from the fountains
of their wisdom and sit at the feet of their sages. All these
facts prove that Moses was a Prophet and a Teacher.
As to Christ: He was a single, unique and lowly individual Who
appeared at a time when the Israelitish nation had fallen from the
heights of its glory to the lowest condition of bondage and contempt,
subject to the tyranny of the Roman Empire, living under a
yoke of humiliation, ignorant and negligent of God. The historical
records of the Holy Books confirm these statements. Christ--this
single and unique Personage--appeared amongst these despised
and degraded people, reflecting a divine power and the potency of
the Holy Spirit. He unified the various peoples and nations of the
world, brought them together in fellowship and agreement and
gathered them beneath the overshadowing protection of one Word.
His prestige and mention were not confined to the children of Israel
alone, who were at that time a limited race and people, but His
spiritual power had also permeated and united great influential nations
who had been warlike and hostile, such as the Romans,
Greeks, Egyptians, Chaldeans, Syrians and Assyrians. He dispelled
their hostility, healed their hatred, made them a united people,
and by His Word created the utmost love amongst them so that they
advanced immeasurably in the degrees of education and human
perfection, thereby attaining a never-ending glory.
The Jews had become dispersed and widely scattered. This
single and unique Personage overcame all the then known world,
founding an everlasting sovereignty, a mighty nation indeed. Such
a result proved Him to be a great man, the first Educator of His
time, the first Teacher of His period. What proofs could be greater
than these? What would be more convincing than this evidence that
a single individual resuscitated so many nations and peoples,
unified so many tribes and sects, removed so much warfare and
hatred? Undoubtedly, such accomplishment could be wrought
only through the power of God and not by mere human effort,
which is altogether incapable of producing these mighty results.
When Christ appeared, the Jews pronounced Him an enemy of
Moses. Pharisaical rabbis of that age declared Him to be the destroyer
of the Mosaic law and the institutes of the Torah. They proclaimed
that He would bring great misfortune to the people of Israel,
considering Him the violator of the holy Sabbath and destroyer
of the Temple of Solomon. Therefore, they turned away
from Him. Let us investigate this and discover whether such accusations
were true or false. We will find that in reality Christ
caused the name and prestige of Moses to become widespread.
Through His efforts and teaching the Book of Moses, the Bible,
became known everywhere. In fifteen hundred years there had
been but one translation of the Old Testament, the Torah, which
translation was made from Hebrew into Greek. But through the instrumentality
of Christ's message and teachings it was translated
into six hundred tongues and spread to every part of the world. All
the kings and prophets of Israel were unable to promulgate the
teachings of Judaism and the name of Moses beyond the borders of
Palestine, whereas through Christ Judaism became an established
religion in Asia, Africa, Europe and the world generally. Through
the message of Christ, Moses was everywhere proclaimed a Prophet
of God and His Book the Book of God. Shall we consider this
Personage an enemy or a friend of Moses?
Justice is needed; we must render fair judgment upon this question.
Had He been an enemy, He would not have allowed the name
and teachings of Moses to become widespread in the world. He
would not have promulgated the law and principles of the Torah.
Would there have been any mention of Moses in America? Could
even the name of Judaism have reached this part of the world
through any other instrumentality? Undoubtedly, it was owing to
the blessed agency and influence of Christianity that Judaism became
established in this western world. Moses had no better friend
and sympathizer than Christ. Consider how the illiterate among the
Israelites conceal the reality of these facts and continue the delusion
that Christ was an enemy of Moses. All Christians believe in
Moses. They declare that He was a Man of God, the Interlocutor
and Prophet of God, that His Book was the Book of God, that the
people of Israel were the people of God and that all the prophets of
Israel were valid and true. They offer unlimited praise, sincere
eulogy, and manifest unlimited love for the religion of Moses.
What harm comes from this? And if the Jews should say that Christ
was also the Word of God, the Spirit of God, what harm could follow
this statement? Just these few words would be the cause of reconciling
the Christians and Jews. The Christians accept Moses
and His Book. What harm have they suffered on account of this
belief? Have they lost anything because of it?
In answer to all these questions the rabbi answered, "No."
We continued: What harm could result if the Jews were in a similar attitude toward Christianity, declaring that Christ was the
Word of God, that the Gospel is the Book of God? Such an attitude
as this would cause the enmity of many centuries to pass away. If
we declare that Moses was the Prophet of God and that His Book
was the law of God, does it harm our religious standpoint? Not at
all. Furthermore, every nation is proud of its great men and heroes
even though those great ones may have been atheists or agnostics.
Today France glorifies Napoleon Bonaparte, saying, "He was a
French military genius," whereas, in reality, he was a tyrant. They
say, "Voltaire was ours," although Voltaire was an atheist.
"Rousseau was a great man of this nation," and yet Rousseau was
irreligious. France is proud of these great men. Feasts are held
commemorating them, their names are perpetuated in special days,
their memories treasured in prominent places, and there is music
and celebration in their honor. The nation is proud of them. And
now, do you consider these great men of France greater than Jesus
of Nazareth? It is evident that in comparison with Jesus Christ they
are as nothing. Consider the grandeur and majesty of Jesus in contrast
with such men as we have mentioned. Consider Him from the
standpoint of fame and renown. Where is the station of Christ, and
where is their station? What comparison is there? In reality, Christ
is incomparable. What harm, then, could come from your declaration
that Jesus of Nazareth was a great man of Israelitish birth and,
therefore, we love Him? That we have given to the world a great
man indeed? That this mighty Personage, Whose Word has spread
throughout the world, Who has conquered the East and the West,
was an Israelite? Should you not be proud of Him? When you
glorify and honor the memory of Christ, rest assured that the
Christians will take your hands in real fellowship. All difficulty,
hesitancy and restraint will vanish. Consider the troubles and persecutions
heaped upon you in Russia for your fanaticism of unbelief.
And you must not think that this is ended.
This humiliation will continue forever. The time may come
when in Europe itself they will arise against the Jews. But your
declaration that Christ was the Word of God will end all such trouble.
My advice is that in order to become honorable, protected and
secure among the nations of the world, in order that the Christians
may love and safeguard the Israelitish people, you should be
willing to announce your belief in Christ, the Word of God. This is
a complete statement; there is nothing more. Is it not thoughtless,
ignorant prejudice which restrains you from doing so? Declare
that, verily, the Word of God was realized in Him, and all will be
The rabbi thoughtfully said, "I believe that what you have said
is perfectly true, but I must ask one thing of you. Will you not tell
the Christians to love us a little more?"
We replied, "We have advised them and will continue to do