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Violence November 26, 2010

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour, Biblical.

I think most, if not all people, hate violence. I think people flee from it as much as possible and turn to love, gentleness, kindness and tenderness.

I don’t think anything long term is successfully achieved by violence. Yes, you may achieve your immediate goal, but I think the effects are only temporary. Once the violence is withdrawn the attainment disappears.

A violent person chooses this method of conflict resolution and they may continue in this manner all their life. Definitely a violent person will continually feel insecure, and out of peace. He will fear other people’s revenge and anger, not trusting anybody. He will always be on edge, hypothesizing false situations and making absurd assumptions. This is because violence always leads to more violence.

Violence has been the weapon of dictators throughout history. It is the weapon of terrorists, the rebellious, and the cruel. Recall that World War I was designed to be the war to end all wars. One hundred years have passed showing how incorrect that was. We have had another world war, and countless civil wars and wars between neighbouring countries. Nothing seems to have changed and the future suggests more of the same.

Violent people do not look at the hearts of others. They will achieve their goal regardless of the damaging effects it may have. Empathy is basically non-existent in violent people.

Violent people force others to do things against their will. These people are not reforming because they agree and are convinced; they reform due sheer physical force. Real reformation can only take place from the inside, and thus the effects of violent people on others are only temporary.

God is not a God of physical violent force. He gives us free will to decide our path. He will never force you to love Him, to pray to Him …… but only strongly encourage us. If a person loves what is good, he will do it without any pressure of outside violence, without fear, and without seeking a reward or praise or payment of any kind[1].

Jesus Christ was never violent and deeply opposed it. When Peter drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, Jesus said “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matt 26: 52). If you live a violent life, expect a violent death.

Jesus came calling for goodness without violence. He never forced people to do what is good, but to love doing it. The real reformation is a desire that dwells inside people’s hearts and feelings, without being forced to do it. The Lord does not want His people to be slaves walking in constant fear. He wants the hearts of people, without any violence or physical force.  

[1] H.H Pope Shenouda, Words of spiritual benefit, pg 127, (1993)


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