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Hate - But Why?

What’s happening to us? Why such venomous racial hatred? What would you do about it? How would you propose to stop it? How much power would you need?

“Kill ‘em!” they screamed. With that, thousands of enraged, screaming, hate-filled peoples surged toward the station house where hundreds of embattled police waited.

Most of the rioters were teen-agers. Nearly all the rest were made up of unemployed or poverty-stricken malcontents. After the killing of a young black man, who had been shot while attacking an off-duty policeman with a knife, hate-vendors took to the street corners, preaching violence to the raucous crowd.

 Like a ghastly echo, the huge knots of struggling, cursing, enraged mobs swelled to include the Bedford-Stuyvesant slums, and then into Elizabeth and Patterson, New Jersey.

The object of all the hatred? The police. The reason? The “excuse” given by hate-filled demagogues was the so-called “murder” of a young black man.

But what was the real reason?

     The real reason is the basic, evil, rotten, corrupt, vain, proud, egotistic, hate-filled, antagonistic, conceited, depraved, venomous human heart and spirit!

Let’s quit kidding ourselves. Let’s resort to reason – instead of invective and violence! Regardless of your color, race or religion – it’s time you came to understand the real reason for violence and brutality – and know what will finally be done about it!

There is only one source to which you can go to learn, really, about human nature. That is the handbook about human nature – the Bible.

Man is God’s creation. God invented man. And it is God who put within man a certain nature.

Philosophers, psychologists “scalp pickers” and “analysts” by the thousands have striven vainly to “understand” this greatest of all enigmas – man. And they have miserably failed. As one psychiatrist said to a group of his own kind, “We all became interested in psychiatry because we knew we ourselves had some mental problems!”

God reveals the truth about human nature in His Holy Word, the Bible! Listen to the shocking truth about the human heart!

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jere. 17:9)? Paul wrote, “The carnal mind (the unconverted, unchanged, “natural” human mind) is enmity against God, it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).

Solomon wrote, when speaking about the basic make-up of the human heart and mind: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:2) James said, “Do you think that the Scripture saith in vain, “the spirit that dwells in us lusteth to envy” (Jas. 4:5).

The Bible is the handbook about man. It and it alone explains the basic reason for our racial, political, spiritual chaos of today!

Make no mistake! The real cause of today’s race violence and increasing hatred in not ascertainable only at the end of a laborious study of hideously complex social pressures and psychological factors. All too many people are too willing to believe the real answers to today’s problems are terribly complex. They are not. They are simple.

When you read of racial violence in the Congo, in Malaya, in Africa or in England and the United States – don’t you often wish you had the power to do something about it?

But what would you do? How much power would you need? How decisive could you be? Would you need the power of a big city mayor?  

Several years ago at the height of the race riots of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Mayor Wagner came hurrying home from Europe. Upon arrival on the scene, he loudly decried the terrible violence – even visiting the scene to deplore the avalanche of looting, pillaging, and burning. But the Mayor didn’t have the power to stop it.

The President appealed to the people for calm. He stated firmly that violence and lawbreaking would not be tolerated. The violence continued.

The FBI was called to the scene. Many agents went into Harlem to determine whether or not the incidents could be attributed to purely local race hatreds – or whether there was an insidious foreign enemy at work. But the FBI didn’t stop it.

How much power would you need? Obviously, you would need more power than that of the combined New York City Police Force, the Mayor, the FBI, and even the President of the United States!

Then what kind of power would you need? You would need the power to change the Human Heart!

So long as we have human nature, we shall have war! The late General Douglas MacArthur, in his dramatic speech become Congress, after his arrival in the United States from having been fired during the Korean conflict, said, in urging our peoples toward peace, that we must totally change. And, he said, that change “must be of the spirit, it we are to save the flesh!”

Ever seen a riot? Ever taken part in one? Ever been mad – so mad you had totally lost control of your senses and your mind? Possibly. Many have.

Think back to that time. Were you in any “mood” to be reasoned with? Would a calm, patient, “psychological” argument have appealed to you, at the time?

How would you like to try to “reason it out” with a mob? It’s utterly impossible.

But why so much hatred today? Why are curses and venom so much on the lips of so many? Why do even “dignified” men seek to solve their various differences with their fists? Almighty God reveals, in His Word, that man’s basic nature is one of great, swelling, egotistic, self-centered vanity! Other basic aspects of vanity are lust, selfishness and greed! The opposite of vanity is love. Not the watered-down, misconstrued, totally altered and false idea commonly accepted as “love” (which is really lust) today – but the love of God. The love of God is altogether outgoing. It is selfless. It is an outgoing concern, a deep regard, a sense of compassion and servitude toward others! It is the total antithesis of vanity.

Yet the human heart is basically vanity. Since love is the exact opposite of hatred, and hatred is the net result of jealousy, greed, and vanity. Then it is vital you come to understand that human beings hate – naturally!

Regardless as to how many like to “kid’ themselves about being devoid of hate and various baser qualities of human nature – unless they have been totally conquered of God, totally converted by receiving His Spirit, they will just “naturally” have hate in their heart.

It’s natural to hate. Its’ human!

But does this mean every human being should learn to hate? Of course not – he will hate without having to learn.

The Great God, in His wisdom, has made human nature what it is. But He has made human nature to be overcome. Man is a creature of free moral agency. Only man has the ability, through the human senses and the mind of man, to observe, measure, weigh, discern, and to arrive at decisions, based upon his observations. Only man is a calculating, deciding creature. Man is not an animal. Man is on the plane and a level far above that of animals.

The mind of man, the nature of man, were created for a great and awe-inspiring purpose!

God’s great purpose in man has been understood by so few! Read our articles on The Incredible Human Potential to understand why God created us in the first place.

Let’s understand – all human beings were little babies once. There is no better example of pure, unadulterated selfishness, vanity, self-centeredness, greed, lust, covetousness, and hatred than in the heart of a little infant! “KID” ourselves as we may wish – and as sweet and precious as our little children appear to us – every little human baby is born with these basic emotions in his little heart and mind.

Every human parent was intended by God to break the spirit of violence in a child. A parent is intended to conquer the rebellion and animosity in the infantile heart. A parent is set over the child in authority, age, maturity, wisdom, for a vitally important reason very few have ever understood. Any parent who does not conquer the spirit of rebelliousness that is literally born into his child is allowing one more human being to grown up with that basic spirit of human nature unchecked, unthwarted, unconquered.

Make no mistake about it. A rebellious, cursing, spitting, hate-filled person is not necessarily hate-filled, rebellious and violent because he is of a particular race.   Rather, he is giving vent to his rages and passions because his spirit, his nature, his human mind and heart have not been conquered of God!

Today, God is keeping hands off this evil, rotten, topsy-turvy, sin-sick, crime-ridden, hate-filled world! But not for long.

Soon, and a lot sooner than we may wish to kid ourselves into believing, Almighty God is going to send Jesus Christ in the all-powerful splendor of the Great Creator of heaven and earth back to this earth! And Jesus is coming to deal with a mob!

How will He solve the problem? With far more power than a Mayor, the President or the combined police forces of all nations put together!

Read it, with your own eyes, in your own Bible! “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful, and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns; He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron” (Rev. 19:11-16).

Read that again! Jesus Christ of Nazareth is coming back to this earth in all the awesome splendor of the Great God of the universe! He is coming with armies – and He is coming to fight! God’s tolerance has about run out. God’s patience is about exhausted! God’s wrath and His great anger are almost ripe!

The time is just around the corner from us in world events when God’s Kingdom will be set up on this literal earth! And then Jesus Christ will deal, and deal awesomely, forcefully, and swiftly with mobs!

Jesus urged every Christian in the Sermon on the Mount, to pray “Thy Kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10)! That means every Christian, like righteous Lot, should be sincerely praying for the Kingdom, the Rule, the power and Authority of the Kingdom of God to come to this earth!

It’s time you came to see, and see clearly and thoroughly that man is totally incapable of solving his own problems! That’s why God must send Jesus Christ to save us from ourselves! That day will be here – sooner than you think! He, and He alone, can change the human heart from hate to love.  Then and only then will the issue of HATE be solved!

 
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