It seems that hardly a day passes without news of some impending disaster or crisis. And who better to ensure that “it never happens again,” than some new government policy, organization, or law.
The word “survival” is never far from the lips of those who wish to impose state power in order to protect us from disaster, named or unnamed.
Barack Obama: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Those who can be convinced that survival is at stake are likely to agree to almost any remedy, since extinction seems worse than all the alternatives. If placing extraordinary powers in the hands of political leaders will truly stave off the ultimate disaster, then those who demur can be made to appear as enemies of the human race. That is why arguments based on survival are so effective in persuading people to permit actions that violate their moral code. [Herbert Schlossberg, Idols For Destruction, pp. 180-181.]
One of the most compelling arguments for a new world order is the danger of global annihilation.
The threat of war, especially atomic war, would cause those who have only the values of personal peace and prosperity to be ready for almost any kind of authoritarian government which would be able to remove the threat of war, particularly if (as Augustus did in ancient Rome) it was brought in while seemingly keeping the outward forms of constitutionality.
Those who push this argument are at the forefront of global disarmament and a one-world “peace-keeping” military force, namely the United Nations.
The Second Vatican Council (Gaudium et Spes) declared, “It is our clear duty, therefore, to strain every muscle in working for the time when all war can be completely outlawed by international consent. This goal undoubtedly requires the establishment of some universal public authority acknowledged as such by all and endowed with the power to safeguard on the behalf of all, security, regard for justice, and respect for rights. But before this hoped for authority can be set up, the highest existing international centers must devote themselves vigorously to the pursuit of better means for obtaining common security.”
Pope Paul VI wrote in the 1967 Encyclical titled, POPULORUM PROGRESSIO, in a section called “Toward an Effective World Authority,” Such international collaboration among the nations of the world certainly calls for institutions that will promote, coordinate and direct it, until a new juridical order is firmly established and fully ratified. We give willing and wholehearted support to those public organizations that have already joined in promoting the development of nations, and We ardently hope that they will enjoy ever growing authority. As We told the United Nations General Assembly in New York: “Your vocation is to bring not just some peoples but all peoples together as brothers. . . Who can fail to see the need and importance of thus gradually coming to the establishment of a world authority capable of taking effective action on the juridical and political planes?
Based on my understanding of world history, wars have been going on since man was removed from the garden. And Jesus told us there will be wars and rumors of wars right up until the end [Matthew 24:6]. Now, I’m not a proponent of war, but a realist who understands that fallen man has always used violence and war to impose it’s will on others. I don’t expect war will ever be eliminated, but suspect those operating in the spirit of the antichrist might make false promises of eliminating wars and establishing world peace.