Hate: How do we over come it?

Written by Marty on July 22nd, 2005

    Hatred has escalated in the last few years around the world. The problem with hate is that it begets hate. If we are to return evil for evil, then we will receive evil. This is why the Bible says the following:

Zechariah 8: 16-17

These are the things that ye shall do: speak ye every man the truth with his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates; and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith Jehovah.

Matthew 5:43 – 48 

     43“You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Two weeks ago we started the poll which asked who is the most hated man in the world? I expected that after the recent bombings that Bin Laden would be named, but by 73% Mr. Bush is earning the title. I understand that reasons for this, but fear that we will lose our focus if hate is allowed to blind us. We can be angry at injustices without letting them change us into hateful people.

   For years the hateful rights has attack Liberals with lie after lie. If they could not beat our ideas they would try to smear our characters. I fear that if in fighting back we become as hateful as them that will lose our soul as a movement. If we are to stand strong for Liberty, Justice, and Equality we must be true to our holy calling.

   I know when I have been wronged in the past I had to wrestle with the emotion of hate and anger. I had to fight the temptation to seek revenge and fight to forgive. With time I was able to forgive, but how many people choose not to ever forgive?

   If we as a Nation lose the essence which makes us Americans we will lose our mission in the world. There was a time when the world looked to America a bright shining light in a dark world. Many are now questioning how to look at us and others are sure that we are the ones putting out the light. Rep. Tom Tancredo gave a hate filled response which made many see us as agents of the Devil.

Top U.S. and Turkish officials yesterday condemned comments made last week by Rep. Tom Tancredo that the United States could “take out” Islamic holy sites if there was a nuclear attack on the United States by Muslim fundamentalists.

The Colorado Republican refused to apologize yesterday, saying his comments had been taken out of context.

On Friday, Tancredo was asked by a radio talk-show host how the United States should respond if terrorists struck several of its cities with nuclear weapons.

“Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites,” Tancredo answered.  Click here to read more.

   As the fight for freedom in our own country intensifies with a greater divide of political alliance hate is working its way through the nation. My question is how do we handle this emotion? If any of the stories below were to have happened to you, how would you respond? Would you have the same type of response as Tom Tancredo?

   The investigation revealed the three victims of the assault, two white males and one white female, complained of being victims of a hate crime and being assaulted by white supremacist.
   The victims, who were believed by the suspects to be non-white or Hispanic because of one of their tattoos, said the suspects yelled, “White Power” just before the assaulting them with their hands and feet causing injury.  One of the victims received major injuries including severe swelling and
bruising to his face, fractured bones in his face, and a broken nose. The victim was treated and released at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The other two victims complained of pain and were not treated. Read more

Teen charged in hate crime
Newsday, NY – 8 hours agoThe boy, who was about 14 at the time, was not identified because he was charged as a juvenile, said Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks of the Hate Crimes Bureau.

Rise in hate crimes against Muslims after attacks
Peninsula On-line, Qatar – Jul 10, 2005
Police said one person was assaulted and seriously injured in London in what they described as a hate crime, and Muslims reported attacks on several mosques.

Hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims up in '04
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX – Jul 12, 2005
Reported hate crimes in Texas dropped to the lowest level since 1999 last year, but offenses against Arabs and Muslims increased slightly, a state Department


 

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  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Question asked stated “nuclear: attack-That would be similar to declearing war. That would be very stupid on their part as we have many more nuclear weapons than anyone.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Take a look at this The Tancredo Scandals

  4. Anonymous says:

       The problem is that if a dirty bomb was used it would not be from one nation. If that were the case I doubt that anyone would have a problem with us striking back. The trouble is that these acts are not those of one nation and not sponsored by the Islamic faith. To tie such acts of terrorism to the Muslim religion has no more validity than to say those who call themselves the army of God were representing all Christendom when they sent the anthraces to Democratic members of Congress or blew up Planned Parenthood Clinics.

       When a catastrophe befalls us like this we are often left with the feelings of helplessness because we cannot fight back. How we strike back at dead men? The anger which follows such injustices can lead to allowing hate to take control of us, so how do we stop that part from happening?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree that blowig up Muslim holy sites would be a mistake and it was a mistake so say that. I too like the politeness of this site, but I think calling us rednecks is a little insulting. If you don't hate the President then you shouldn't bash him all the time. We should support the President, after all he wouldn't be in office if God didn't want him there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I know I shouldn't think this way, but wouldn't the world be better off if the wasn't a Muslim faith? I just see all the trouble that it brought from the beginning and think that there would have been a lot more peace in the world if there wasn't a muslim faith. Don't say that I'm being hateful, because I'm only talking about if it never came to be. I don't want to see any bad happen to innocent Muslims.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Do you mean if the world was really Christian? If that is what you mean then I would agree, but only if that means that the world was really following the teachings of Christ. The sad thing is that even those people who call themselves Christian don't follow His teachings.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You

  9. Anonymous says:

    the crusades started because of a greedy pope called urban who wanted to take th e greek chgurch back under his influence
    no man ever thinks about a higher power when going to war unless he is seriously mentally challenged
    war is about power and influence
    ALWAYS!!!
    Do not Believe christian teachings
    Muslim teaching i don know about but they are plrobably so vague that you can twist them any way you want!!
    RELIGION SUXXX

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I am Host1 we have the controls set so you can post anonymously that is without registering. We do ask that you type in a name that you might like to use. This way if you return we can carry on a more meaningful conversation. Maybe when you do return you can tell us what teachings of Christ you disagree with. Don't worry we won't cut off you head, that's the other guys. All opinions are welcome here so long as they follow our three rules.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Religion may SUXXX
    BUT THE GOSPEL AS WRITTEN OF AND ABOUT does not.
    I never heard of a pope called urban..
    BAD information maybe..
    as far as WAR being about POWER and INFLUENCE.
    WAR between any two people or any two powers (GOVERNMENTS) it is all about power.. ONE WANTING POWER OVER the OTHER. NOT ALL Governments want POWER over another Government. WARS between GOVERNMENTS OF peoples with different ideoligies. Is not always easy to come to an agreement. especially if there ae set rules that neither is willing to change. this is when reasoning must take presentenceBUT REASONING CANNOT be used with anyone INCLUDING GOVERNMENTS THAT REFUSE TO REASON BECAUSE OF INDWELLING HATRED FOR ANOTHER GOVERNMENTS IDEOLIGIES OR WAYS OF DOING what THEY DO because of BELIEF THAT IS HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATON FROM IMORTAL TIME OF BEGINNING OF THAT IDEOLOGY.
    HATRED IS TAUGHT. I do not believe that ANYONE is BORN WITH HATRED within them. I NEITHER BELIEVE anyone is BORN WITH LOVE within them. THE FIRST HOURS after BIRTH SERVES A PURPOSE. and the FIRST FIVE YEARS SERVE A PURPOSE. YET somewhere within each and every child birthed into this world there is an inner knowledge of something that can only be awakened by that which is within each of us. This is called faith.
    The big question what is faith and where does it come from?
    This may be where you believe INFLUENCE comes into the RELM OF OUR LIVES. YET if WE DO NOT HAAVE FAITH IN ANYTHING not even IN OURSELVES then we cannot FUNCTION properly.
    NO matter who we are we all have faith in something. even if we are left to our own devices we end up with only faith in our own abilities and self. In the case of a child that has no sensibilty because of a mentality problem it is not hard to imagine that someone devoid of any feeling ability would also not have any ability to have faith in anything but just be existing as a vegtable. ALMOST EVERYBODY has faith in something or someone. BECAUSE FAITH IS IN our being. Personally I believe faith is awakened in the first hour of life in this world DEPENDING ON the CONDITIONS of INTERACTION of the BABY and the ONE RESPONSIBLE for the care and comforting of that BABY. Almost always the MOTHER!!! the one having initial LONGTERM CONTACT. and HAVEING BEEN FAMILIAR ALREADY with the SOUNDS AND VOICE OF THE MOTHER THAT had carried the baby for nine months.
    Christian TEACHINGS??? Are TEACHINGS FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, HOLY SCRIPTURES, HOLY WRIT, HOLY WORD OF GOD!!!
    ONLY A foollish person would deny this WRITTEN WORD as being a LIVING WORD WE ALL SHOULD LIVE BY and ALMOST ALL DO. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF us that HAVE believed IN GOD AS being the CREATOR of all that WAS MADE that IS MADE and this being mankind and all that is or ever has been. believng in this GOSPEL GOOD NEWS for all of us. without THE BOOK OF BOOKS!!!!! we would have no wisdom let along any KNOWLEDGE OF who we are what we are or why we are.. and again it is faith … YET BY GRACE OF GOD that I LIVE.
    AS for YOUR LIFE. No matter how bad or how good it has been You should be thankful you have had life to live and are living. for the ALTERNITIVE IS NOT ALL THAT GREAT if ya ask me. BUT then again depends I guess on how one CONSIDERS LIFE and LIVING IT in the first place.
    You mentioned a man being mentally CHALLENGED. MANY very intelligent people need to be mentally challenged.. ESPECIALLY if all they think about is LIFE AND WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT. INQUISITIVE MINDS… are always learning never wanting to be idle when it comes to being and doing something or having an attitude of never to old to learn something new. ESPECIALLY when there is so much that can be learned before one actually dies. People that are INQUISITIVE. are many times OVER INQUISITIVE. therefore READ ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THEY CAN GET their hands on AND sometimes find something of one or two subjects that are interesting and learn all they can about that or those. people like this have to have people around them that can FEED their need for KNOWLEDGE. IT often becomes a CONTEST on who can KNOW and have the MOST KNOWLEDGE about something. making the the LIFE THEY LIVE nothing more then a CONTEST BETWEEN BRAINS and not any real INTIMANT RELATIONSHIP with anyone because it is all abut COMPETITION BETWEEN their own knowledge and anothers. most people that are like this have no sense of real careing or affection because their HIGH MENTALITY OVEROWERS AND TAKES OVER . that is why I said. NEED, DESIRE,HABIT IT becomes the only thing that matters.
    There is a group of people that are bright , knowledgable, and try to outdo each other. I cannot thnk of the group or the name.
    LIVING this life is not always GOOD, HAPPY, OR A LIFE OF SWEETNESS but I would have rather had it and CONTINUE LIVING IT then not have had any life at all .. :):):):)
    WHAT IS DEATH???? OPPOSITE OF LIFE. IF your life has been so bad that you cannot be thankful to have it I am truly sorry about that.
    You still have to have something to be glad about if not then you are in deep trouble. If you enjoy war of the minds instead of just living life . More power to you I guess. ESPECIALLY IF POWER S ALL THAT MATTERS TO YOU.. better have someone that likes to have a war over power. I think power over another is not the best thing in this life. BUT WHO AM I to talk .. about power.. or not having any. I only like to have power when I know what the heck I am talking about is RIGHT!!! and I am not always right about anything. :):):):):)
    I know about alot of things but not a master of any subject or anyone. do not want to be either. BALANCE is better.

  12. Anonymous says:

    If anyone bombs with a NUKE BOMB WE will not have toworry about retaliateing be to late. BECAUSE of the FALL OUT from such a bomb..
    Best we stop the MANUFACTURING of that bomb before they get it. AND because of TERRORIST having absolutely no reason to LIVE BUT MORE REASON TO DIE for the CAUSE OF GETTING RID OF THE JEW?? and HAVE 70 virgins after this deed they think is doing “””””their”””””” GOD A FAVOR???
    all I can say is what is the matter with all that think WE ARE the BAD GUYS HERE???? MAKES ONE wonder just who IS CRAZY.. THE AMERICANS THAT ARE AGAINST PEACE AND ALL THAT WANT IT OR WE WHOM WANT PEACE BUT DO NOT BELIEVE NEGOTIATING WITH so called BELIEF and PROMISES to TERRORIST MEN are EASY to REASON with ESPECIALLY when it is MEN THAT are interested in 70 virgins after they die murdering innocents rather then living a life of peace with ISRAEL!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    For years the hateful rights has attack Liberals with lie after lie. If they could not beat our ideas they would try to smear our characters. I fear that if in fighting back we become as hateful as them that will lose our soul as a movement. If we are to stand strong for Liberty, Justice, and Equality we must be true to our mcts exams holy calling. I know when I have been wronged in the past I had to wrestle with the emotion of hate and anger. I had to fight the temptation to seek revenge and fight to forgive. With time I was able to forgive, but how many people choose not to ever forgive? If we as a Nation lose the essence which makes us mcse exams Americans we will lose our mission in the world. There was a time when the world looked to America a bright shining light in a dark world. Many are now questioning how to look at us and others are sure that we are the ones putting out the light. Rep. Tom mcitp exams Tancredo gave a hate filled response which made many see us as agents of the Devil.

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