Why Do People Choose Violence?

The following question was received.

“… why [do] most human[s] still believe in the violent pathway to solve their problems even though they know about the good things from God?”

(anonymous)

Answer:

Without a doubt, I believe that often, a person may do what he or she thinks is best, even if what they are doing is wrong. For example, when the Jews crucified Jesus, they thought that this was the best thing to do. That was their honest belief. Of course, we know that what they did was wrong and against God. But still, this does not mean that they did not sincerely believe in their hearts that what they were doing was right.

Of these people, Jesus declared, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” In other words, they were deceived. They were sincere in their belief that crucifying Jesus was the “right” thing to do — that was their belief. But, as Jesus said while he hung there on that cross, “they do not know what they are doing.”

How then could a person do something that was wrong? The answer is simple. As Jesus said, “They do not know what they are doing.” In other word, they are deceived.

The Bible says that deception is not only a physical and/or emotional problem; it is a spiritual one. There is an unseen “fallen angel” (evil spirit), whose name is Satan, who can deceive us. He is able, by various means, to make us think that what we are doing is right, when, in fact, what we are doing is entirely wrong. When Jesus was being crucified on the cross, it was Satan who was blinding the eyes of the people, to make them think that what they were doing was right, when, in fact, it was quite wrong.

Here is what the Bible says about Satan (notice that he is referred to the ‘god of this world’ in this passage, because of the fact that many people follow him): “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Another verse that corresponds to this is found in John 12:40 (a quote from Isaiah 6:10): “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and [God] should heal them.” (John 12:40)

Notice that in John 12:40, the effect of a person being blinded is that they are kept in darkness and slavery. They are “sick” and “diseased” according to this verse because they are in need of healing. This may include physical healing, but it certainly includes spiritual healing, as is made evident in 2 Corinthians 4:4. Notice that in this verse, when Satan blinds the [spiritual] eyes of a person, that person is not able to receive “the light of the glorious gospel of Christ”. What does this mean? It means that the person is not able to be saved and receive eternal life.

The Bible says “… that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life. I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:11b-13)

This verse is a very important verse, for it tells us plainly that when we have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior into our lives, then we have eternal life. Satan, however, wants to blind men and women from really understanding the importance of this. That is why he has created these many false gods that exist in the world today, such as Siva, for example, who is not God, but really a counterfeit for the one and only true God (see yesterday’s article for more details). And of course, there are many such counterfeits that exist in the world today, as the Bible declares:

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

These “false prophets” are all those who say that it is possible to get to heaven by any means other than Jesus (see also 1 John 4:2-3). The Bible would go so far as to say that their eyes have been blinded by Satan. Remember, Satan is a fallen angel. He is a very powerful being. He has a host of other fallen angels who follow him. Some would say, in fact, that Siva is a fallen angel, who masquerades as an angel of light, and actually works for Satan.

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Jesus was God, and is God. That is what the Bible says. We must worship him alone! I leave you with these few words from Scripture, to encourage you, and motivate you to put your faith completely in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. God bless you!

Jesus said: “Take heed lest any man deceive you.” (Mark 13:5)

Jesus said: “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.” (John 10:8)

Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6b)

Follow Jesus!