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Why Do People Hate?

What is 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? This article will explain how the problem will be solved!

“Kill them!” they screamed. With that, thousands of enraged, screaming, hate-filled Negroes 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 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 sweating crowds.

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 vengeance 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 Bible! Listen to the shocking truth about every human heart! “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 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, said the Preacher,” (Eccl. 1:2). James said, “Do you think that the Scripture said in vain, ‘the spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?’” (James 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 is 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 throughout the world, don’t you 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, say, the power of a Mayor, Governor or even the President? How much power would you need? Obviously, you would need more power than the combined New York State, 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!

The late General Douglas MacArthur, in his dramatic speech before 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, if 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?

Think back to that time (if you were in a riot), were you in any mood to be reasoned with? Would a calm, patient, psychological argument have appealed to you, at that 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 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 by God, totally converted by receiving of His Spirit, they will just “naturally” have hate in their heart. It is natural to hate. It’s 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, had 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 observation. Only man is a calculating deciding creature! Man is not an animal. Man is on a plane and a level far above that of animals.

The mind of man, the nature of man, was created for a great and awes-inspiring purpose! God’s great purpose in man has been understood by so few! Please read our article “Why Were You Born” and “What is Man’s Destiny?”

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 Almighty 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 vitally important reasons 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 grow up with that basic spirit of human nature unchecked, unthwarted, unconquered. Make no mistake about it. A rebellious, cursing, spitting, hate-filled black person is not necessarily hate-filled, rebellious and violent because he is black, any more than a hate-filled, rebellious, God-defying, jeering and cursing white person is giving vent to his rage and animosity because he is white. Rather, he is giving vent to his rages and passions because of 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 His Son, 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, a Governor or even the President of the United States, or the combined polices 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 a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; He was clothed with 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 for us in world events when God’s Kingdom will be set up on this literal earth! And then Jesus 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 come to see, and see clearly and thoroughly that man is totally incapable of solving his own problems! That day will be here sooner than you think! And, in that Kingdom no one will hate. God speed that day!

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