Vengeful God. A concept that doesn't ring true for so many today. A concept
that turns people away from God, and from His Son. "Vengeance is Mine,
sayeth the Lord." Those words, taken out of context, have lost so many.
Words from the Truest Source, taken out of context and twisted to do the
Yes, the words belong to God. And vengeance IS His. The message given by
them, however, is a message of love and forgiveness. And instruction.
Love and forgiveness, by a God who claims the right to enact vengeance
upon all? Seems kind of contradictory, doesn't it? But, as with all
misunderstood Biblical quotations, the true message behind it makes sense.
We, as human beings, tend to get angry alot. Act without thinking.
There are those who spend their entire lives attempting to "get even"
for what they consider to be injustices done to them. Often, these people
do more damage to themselves by hating and/or by the repercussions
of their attempts to "get even". Too often, these people are "getting even"
for things done to them that actually help them, if they knew the whole
story behind the incident in question. But, in all situations, we
humans have a very limited perspective. We don't know why things happen.
Only God can see the whole picture, the puzzle pieces of our collective
existances coming together.
Which of us, then, is qualified to exact vengeance? None of us. Only God
can see the whole picture. Know when vengeance is justified. And He
claims that right. Not so He can actually strike down everyone who
does wrong to someone else, but so that we humans will not take it upon
ourselves to become a world of vigilantes.
His own Son said "Let He who is without sin cast the first stone."
Another set of words saying the same thing. "Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the
Lord." But, when the Son of God said it, and the people who were about
to put someone to death backed away, what did He do? Did He, who WAS without
sin, use that divine right to enact justice on the sinner? No. He forgave her.
The message is one of forgiveness. God's Son's actions, his lesson, are
obvious. If someone has wronged you, it is not your place to act. Not
unless you have never hurt anyone in your life. Not unless you yourself
are without sin. If you cannot find it in your heart to forgive those
who wrong you, and to put aside your anger against them...give the
problem to the One who can actually solve it, without causing more
problems for yourself.
"Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord." Thank God.
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