Sunday, October 29, 2017

VIOLENCE VERSES NON-VIOLENCE AS A MEANS OF POLITICAL PERSUASION IS CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT OF THIS WORLD. The World In Which We Live Is Controlled By The Violent One Who Expresses Violence Against Those Who Seek Peace. Peace is not merely not being non-wilent but transcends this temporal world in which we live and is only possible if we know the Creator personally.

Individuals inclined towards totalitarianism, oppression and bullying in general, unless they have had a sharpened conscience for some other reason, have no compunction about torturing or beheading people. The tend to find morbidity a thrill. So why would they not take advantage of the non-violent, whom they would consider to be weak and easy prey.

Mahatma Gandhi practiced non-violence and got shot. That was the end of his life.

Once I read a book where the writer claimed that Mahatma Gandhi attended a Keswick Convention in London. After listening to the speaker, Mahatma Gandhi had to muster all the strength he could to resist the call to go to the front of the meeting hall and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord before those in attendance. After that experience Gandhi found it easier to resist the call to come to the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. This, even though, he admired the teachings of Lord Jesus.

Of course, the difference between Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus of Nazareth is that one of them rose from the dead. The Son of God rose from the dead and his grave is nowhere to be found. As it happens, Mahatma Gandhi also is buried nowhere to be found. In Gandhi’s case, he was cremated instead of being buried and instead of returning to dust, he returned to ashes. Sixty-two years after his death, some of those ashes were scattered off the South African coast. (Gandhi's ashes scattered off South African coast... 62 years after his death)

Jesus of Nazareth was easy prey. He did not run away. When Pilate declared his power, Jesus let him do what he liked. A murderer was released for the Jews in place of the man in whom there was found no sin.
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified.” And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified.”
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:15-26)
Those who possess a hardened heart, even though they know murder is contrary to the will of God, care not. They will kill, plunder and destroy; then justify their actions as being ordained of the Creator God Almighty. Self-righteous people still exult in doing evil to the Lord of Creation and His disciples; yet all He wants to do is bring peace and goodwill to all men.
  • And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:13-14)
Those who delight in oppressing others are not affected by their conscience, unless they are like Saul of Tarsus.
  • And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.’ (Acts 26:14)
Saul of Tarsus, later to become the Apostle Paul, was having issues with his conscience as he breathed threats of murder and signed the death warrants of those who were spreading the message of peace and good will among men. Paul’s conscience had been sharpened before he went on his murderous campaign, this is why he was being pricked from within his conscience. On the other side of the coin, a deadened conscience will be deader still, after kicking in a few heads and sending some people into the land of vegetation.

An Enlightened Conscience Is Light Years Ahead When It Comes To Moral Darkness

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