Misplaced Fear Promotes Hate
The roots for the fear that often generates a violent response are of ancient origin. Humans tend to want to take matters in their own hands and not wait on GOD to administer justice.
Jeremiah 52:10-11 (ESV)
10 The king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and also slaughtered all the officials of Judah at Riblah. 11 He put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in chains, and the king of Babylon took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
Another source of fear of the unknown has a lasting legacy from times past when, humans knew very little about the physical world, the oceans, wildlife and other people – strangers. Different cultures and strange nations were potential threats; these often became real threats when, they set out to conquer and dominate others. Even today this desire to dominate is still a common occurrence in many places around the world. Wiley politicians know too well how to harness the fears that occur today for mostly superficial differences and reasons, then use this negative energy and ignorance for their own purposes.
In Other Words
People have made a mess of GOD’s Standards
GOD has revealed within The Bible standards that work against fear and promote peace and fellowship. In The Old Testament some people, see GOD as an angry blood-thirsty god. If you study The Bible in great depth you will learn the violent episodes depicted in The Bible pertain to specific situations and particular people, for good reason. The descriptions ARE NOT intended to be used as a universal standard. Jesus made all this clear during His ministry; He fulfilled the law that is impossible for humans to keep and, by taking our place in order to satisfy the consequences for sin, gave us an eternity with the Good and the Love of GOD in Heaven. We just have to accept Him and gain GOD’S Grace.
Peace Maker by Greg Ferguson with lyrics
Let’s get down to making it right shall we?
The Old Testament brought The Standards of GOD to Humanity via the Hebrews and The New Testament expanded this to all humanity through the work of Jesus Christ our Lord; spread by the His Apostles and Disciples Amen. Christians are followers of CHRIST who explained all we need to know when he conducted HIS ministry on Earth. For example:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
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ESV: English Standard Version – Crossway
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