Written by Bogdan the Exorcist
The Bible on violence
Isaiah 60:18. Violence shall no more be heard in the lands of all nations, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates praise. Psalms 11:5. The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked that loveth violence his soul hateth, violence is the last refuge of the incompetent, that is what the Lord your God says. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. Hebrews 10:30. For we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me said the Lord your God, I will recompense, saith the Lord, and again, the Lord shall judge his people. In Matthew 7:1-2. He said judge not, that you be not judged. In my opinion poverty is the worst form of violence, Romans 12:21. Our scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go and give him or her some food, or if he or she is thirsty, get them a drink. your generosity will surprise them with goodness.
Don't let evil violence get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. 1 Peter 3:9. Do not repay evil with evil, Matthew 5:44. love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. The Bible tells the story of the Jewish nation right from its conception, so there are many examples of violence both within itself and with other nations, however, there are far more passages, in the Old and New Testament, that urge peace, kindness, gentleness etc. Clearly the Bible teaches, as do the scriptures of most of the world's religions, that we should treat people as we would like to be treated. We must remember that violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause, we do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.
Remember that evil is not just a theory of paradox, but an actual entity that exists only for itself, when violence occurs, we must recognize the difference between holy judgement on sin and our own personal vendettas against those we dislike, which is the inevitable outcome of pride and identity, Psalm 73:6. While men are more prone to accept violence especially as cultures depict real men as those who never cry, always have a plan, and carry a gun, the wisest man of all time wrote, do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, and we must remember that violence is not only impractical but immoral, and let me tell you, and I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ. On war it is a terrible thing, some wars are more just than others, but war is always the result of sin (Romans 3:10-18).
At the same time, in Ecclesiastes 3:8, declares, there is a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. In a world filled with sin, hatred, and evil (Romans 3:10-18), war and violence is inevitable, the most important thing for us all is to be praying for quick resolution to conflicts, and praying for a minimum of casualties among civilians on both sides (Philippians 4:6-7). We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to the cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us, violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights, then and only than we have a big problem. Remember, war is not a means but an end, it makes violence respectable and makes sadists look like heroes. And I must add to this blog that all violence is a demon foothold or door entry, which you all have to live with for the rest of your lives, so stray from violence, and give yourselves truly to God. Amen.