by Travis Bryan III
God never has been and never will be violent!
My definition of the word “violence” in this writing is as follows: anything done intentionally or recklessly by word, action or omission that hurts God or another person.
- Iniquity and its violence originated in Satan. Ezek 28:18.
- Jesus never did any violence. Is 53:9. “He had done no violence neither was any deceit in his mouth.” Jesus is the exact image of His Father. Heb 1:3. If you have seen Jesus, you have seen His Father. John 14:9. His Father does no violence either.
- Before the flood of Noah, the earth had been corrupted because it was “filled with violence.” Gen 6:11-13.
- God would not let some men go into the promised land because they had been “men of war (violent).” Deut 2:14-19; Josh 5:6-7.
- When Jesus comes back and sets up His kingdom, there will be no more violence. Animals won’t bite and people won’t fight. “The knowledge of the Lord” (the knowledge that God is Love and is never violent) will cover the earth bringing world-wide peace. “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:1-9 @v9; Is 65:25. Instruments of war will be transformed into agricultural implements; swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. Is 2:4; Micah 4:3.
- After Jonah preached the gospel to Nineveh, everyone turned from his evil way and from the “violence that is in their hands.” Jonah 3:7-8.
- When John the Baptist preached the gospel of the kingdom of God to some soldiers, they then asked him what they should do. He replied, “Do no violence.” Luke 3:14 KJV.
- Solomon wrote that the wicked “eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.” Prov 4:17.
- As soon as Jesus sent the demons into a herd of pigs, the pigs “ran VIOLENTLY down a steep slope into the sea” where they perished. Matt 8:26-32. Violence is always demonic!
- Jesus said that “all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Jesus is God and is totally non violent. Matt 26:52. God does not violate His own rules. He takes up no sword against anyone.
- Jesus told Pilate that his servants would not fight because they were “not from hence.” They were not of this world where violence reigns. There are no violent servants in the kingdom of God because God Himself is not violent. John 18:36.
- Paul said that the Christian weapons of warfare “ARE NOT CARNAL.” 2 Cor 10:3-4. They are not like the weapons which the world uses: guns, spears, swords, bombs, canons, tongues, handcuffs, prisons and electric chairs. Christians use divine weapons like turning the other check, loving their enemies, overcoming evil with good and killing evil with kindness. This is the way to kill evil: THE CROSS! The cross is always God’s weapon against evil. Matt 5:38-48; Rom 12:17-21.
- It was thru the violence that Satan brought against Jesus at Calvary that Satan’s own violence was destroyed. Violence self-destructed at the cross. 1 Cor 2:6-8; 1 John 3:8. It was “through death (Jesus’ death) that he (Jesus) destroyed him who hath the power of death, that is he devil.” Heb 2:14.
- Christians use the sword of the Spirit (the word of the cross; 1 Cor 1:17-18) and not any literal sword of violence. Eph 6:17.
- Paul was “injurious” (KJV) and a “blasphemer” before he met the risen Christ on Damascus Road. As a devout Jew, Paul had been unknowingly worshipping a false god and this made him “violently arrogant,” another translation of the word “injurious.” 1 Tim 1:13. The false god he previously believed in was aggressively violent. The True God, to whom he converted, was loving, kind, good, gentle, meek, vulnerable, and peaceful.
- The VIOLENT dealing of the wicked one shall be reversed back upon his own head. Ps 7:15-16; Esther 9:25. This is the only violence of God: to let the violence of the wicked one, thru the principle of the cross, be reversed back onto the head of the wicked. God originates no violence. He uses the violence generated by the wicked to destroy the wicked! Ps 9:15-16; Heb 2:14.
God never sponsors any violence. Satan invented violence and will eventually self-destruct in his own invention. Ezek 28:6-19; Ps 5:10; 7:15-16; 9:15-16; 10:2.
Mordecai destroyed Haman on the same gallows Haman had built for Mordecai’s destruction. Esther 7:10. Jesus destroyed Satan on the same gallows Satan had built for Jesus, the cross. Heb 2:14. Haman and Satan both self-destructed. If Satan and his princes had known what they were doing, they never would have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Cor 2:6-8.
God’s only violent act brought against evil was and still is the cross. He destroys violence by absorbing, not by smiting, blows of evil. This is such a paradox. God does not destroy evil by any method except by giving evil the continuing opportunity to destroy itself. God does not directly destroy evil. Evil directly destroys evil. It was at the cross that Satan was violently cast out. John 12:31. Jesus there ended evil’s reign, not by striking blows but by absorbing blows. In this same way, we resist evil by not resisting it. Matt 5:39; 1 Pet 5:6-10; James 4:7. We kill evil with kindness and love. We overcome evil with good. Rom 12:21.
God is not violent! The God of PEACE (the God of the cross) will crush Satan under His feet. Rom 16:20. God won the battle against the forces of evil by dying, not by killing. Heb 2:14.