Why do people hate? What filled an abortion protestor with so much hatred and anger that he murdered the doctor? How did an American who converted to Islam become so filled with hatred that he shot and killed a young man for simply wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army? Why did a U.S. veteran live a lifetime of hatred that finally caused him to attack and kill a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.?
There are a series of phenomena in our world that consist of two opposites, the existence or non existence of an energy. The absence or presence of such energy yields totally opposite conditions.
For example. heat is an active force. If you are cold, you build a fire. But the opposite is not true. If you are hot, you cannot build an energy source to create cold. To make it cold, you have to remove the heat. The same applies to light and darkness. If it is dark, you can turn on a light bulb so that you can see. But if you wish to sleep during the day, there are no dark bulbs. You have to cover your windows with thick curtains to block out the light. Cold cannot exist in the presence of heat. Darkness cannot exist in the presence of light.
The same principle applies to the duality of love and hate. Love is the active principle. It comes directly from our creator. Thus hatred cannot exist in a soul that is filled with God’s love. People who learn to hate as these three men did have lost touch with God and his love. They have abandoned his primary teaching that we love one another.
Now here is the truly sad part. The principle of love is built into every one of us. It can only be lost by a direct and deliberate actions by someone to destroy it. I doubt if I really need to identify that someone. Any of you who have studied the Bible will know who is responsible.
So, why do men hate? They hate because they have lost touch with the God of love. And the only place God’s love can be denied is within the human soul. The solution can be found in the 22nd chapter of Matthew, verses 36 to 40 where his critics ask Jesus this question:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://frankgillispie.tripod.com/
Great perspective. God has been legislated out of our lives - He has taken a back seat to political correctness. In part, we can thank the ACLU. Of course, it doesn't stop there, but it would be a great place to start the clean up of our societal mess.
Well said. It might also be interesting to see who profits from hate. A good starting place would be talk radio. I doubt any of the popular talk radio people really hate anyone, but they make great money by playing on the hatred of their listening audience. Sadly some religious groups both Christian and Moslem profit from hatred. It's not the majority with either group, but it the one that gets the publicity. To quote Bob Dylan's That's Alright Ma I'm Only Bleeding
"While others say don't hate anything but hatred"
I cannot figure out why the Rev Wright of recent fame here in the south thanks to the election coverage; why he isnt being investigated for preaching hate. He hates Jews, whites, and anyone that does not see things the way he does. IF a white pastor did that, they would soon shut him down. Why is he a protected person? This is not hate, yet his level of hate is well known... just thought it fit along these lines.
06/25/09 at 06:52 PM
I can explain to Dan why the Rev. Wright or anybody else who preaches hate is allowed. It's called the first amendment of the Constitution. Yes the Rev. Wright preaches hate just like the ku klux klan or any other hate groups. As long as it is just talk it is protected and should be. What moral people should do is to ignore it to not give it any more credence than it deserves which is zero.
I totally agree, I did try to ignor it, yet the liberal news coverages of his so called sermons never demonstrated that same level of restraint. I cannot help but think, if I was to do what he did, the liberal media would be down on me very fast.