Lawyers from Bavaria recently ask a German government minister to re-classify
the Bible as a book considered too dangerous for children because of its
violent content. "It preaches genocide, racism, enmity towards Jews,
gruesome executions for adulterers and homosexuals, the murder of one's own
children and many other perversities," wrote Christian Sailer and
Gert-Joachim Hetzel. The duo further charged that God' s
Word contained "bloodthirsty and human rights-violating passages" 
and want it placed on a list of books unsuitable for children until the
offending passages are removed, So much for liberal tolerance!
thing is clear about these two Germans lawyers; they don' t have a clue when it
comes to understanding the biblical framework and what the Bible teaches.
Based upon their way of thinking, every history book and most newspaper
articles would also have to be listed if the same standards were applied.
Of course, this kind of charge is absurd and is the product of taking
politically correct logic to an extreme degree. Nevertheless, I have seen over
the years, many Bible believing Christians fall for the belief that violence,
in-and-of-itself, is always wrong. Many Christians fall for the liberal line
that all violence is always wrong. If such is the case, then God Himself is
we have seen the movie " The Patriot" receive an " R" rating because it portrays
a young boy attempting to shoot a British soldier during America' s War for
Independence. There are virtually no cuss words and not one sexual scene in
the movie, but because of the liberal view that all violence is categorically
evil, it unjustifiably received an " R" rating.
you ever stopped to think that if Hollywood ever made an accurate film about
the tribulation and the second advent it would be one of the most violent films
in the history of film making? So what would be a biblical view of violence
and how does it relate to prophecy?
Violence and The Bible
am not saying that most violence is good. I am saying that from a biblical
perspective, in this fallen world, there is such a thing as good and bad
violence. I think the Bible teaches that there is just violence that should be
exercised against evil and evil violence when carried out against the innocent.
is due to the fall of man into sin through Adam' s act of rebellion (Gen.
3:1-18). Because of Adam' s disobedient act, God cursed Adam, Eve, and the
Serpent (Satan) (Gen. 3:8-18). God' s curse was a judgment upon the guilty
parties because of their rebellion. Judgment usually involves violence of some
kind. Since God is a righteous God, He cannot allow sin and rebellion to go
unpunished. Thus, when the righteousness of God encounters sin, violent
judgment is the results. Judgment is necessary because God is righteous. This
is righteous violence, from God to man.
violence is exhibited by fallen man toward his fellow man and is the outworking
of his fallen, sinful nature. For example, evil violence was the result of
Cain' s jealousy toward Abel when he murdered him (Gen. 4:3-15) with a
sacrificial knife (implied by the Greek word in 1 John 3:12). This is the kind
of evil violence, which we should all be opposed to, since it is the expression
of our sin, our rebellion against God and His commandments.
did not get better after Cain' s murder of his brother Abel, instead, they
degenerated into greater violence. Genesis 6:2 tells us that one of the
reasons for the global flood in the days of Noah was because " the earth was
corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence." Certainly not righteous violence, but " X"
rated violence of men because of their sin. God' s righteousness was about to
be expressed in the global flood because His assessment was that " the earth is
filled with violence because of them (mankind)." His response was " to destroy them with the earth" (Gen. 6:13), in righteous
judgment, which is expressed by the violent act of the flood.
flood did not wash away mankind' s sin nature nor his personal acts of sin.
Because mankind could not govern himself, God instituted the instrument of
civil government, accompanied by capital punishment, for the purpose of
restraining the evil violence of mankind (Gen. 9:5-7) until Christ returns to
earth to personally reign and rule during the millennium. Genesis 6:6 says,
" Whoever sheds man' s blood, by man (i.e., humanity) his blood shall be shed,
for in the image of God He made man." Thus, the violent act of capital
punishment is commanded by God to be mediated through civil government as a
just act of violence. God implemented capital punishment for murder, even
though He knew, in His omniscience, that His only Son, Jesus, would be murdered
through the greatest miscarriage of justice in history. Christ' s crucifixion
was clearly an act of evil violence.
Prophecy and Violence
familiar with the end-time, Bible prophecy realizes that Scripture paints a
picture of global violence. The seven-year tribulation will be a time when
over half of the people one planet will be killed (cf. Rev. 6:8; 9:15). Some
will die at the hand of other men (Rev. 6:8), while others will be killed
through an angelic agent (Rev. 9:15). Nevertheless, this entire seven-year
time is called the wrath of God (cf. Rev. 6:15-17; 14:10,19: 15:1,7; 16:1,19;
19:15). Zechariah 13:8 clearly teaches that two thirds of the Jews will also
be killed during the tribulation. The passage does not indicate what ratio will
be destroyed through a divine or human agency. The events of the tribulation
are merely preparation for the slaughter at Armageddon (Rev. 16:16; Joel 3:2,
9-17), followed by the judgment that will be executed by our Lord upon His
ascent to planet earth (Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-21). Included in the
seventy-five day interval, between Christ' s second coming and start of His
1,000 year kingdom (Dan. 12:11-12), every unbeliever left upon planet earth
will be judged and destroyed (Matt. 13:40-43; 25:31-46).
should be clear, as we understand God' s future prophetic plan for the universe
and planet earth, that prophecy includes judgment from a righteous God. Mixed
throughout this and all of God' s judgment is grace toward His elect people
throughout the ages. God' s judgment throughout history is expressed in the
form of righteous or good violence. But, why must there be violence from God?
Evil cannot be Removed without God' s
the years I have encountered many people who have expressed their desire for
the removal of evil and violence from this world. This concern is often
expressed in the form of a question as to why God allows wars, suffering, and
violence. Such a question betrays a misunderstanding of evil and violence.
Evil, death, and violence entered the world as a result of man' s sin (Rom.
5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:20-22). Evil entered the universe through Satan and his
fallen angels (Isa. 14:1-23; Ezek. 28:1-19; Rev. .12:4). God' s creation of man
and angels are responsible for introducing evil into the prefect creation.
God' s judgment of evil through the violent means of death and other sorrows is
the only response that a truly holy, righteous, and just Being could put forth.
to answer the critic' s request- " that God not allow evil in His
universe" - requires a violent judgment in order to separate evil from good. The
request to remove evil from the universe is a petition for the end of history,
when God removes evil through His righteous judgment. This is what heaven and
hell is all about; the eternal separation of good and evil. There will not be
violence in heaven. But hell will surely be a place of ceaseless violence.
told the Thessalonians that they could relax and not think that they had to
seek revenge against those who were the source of the " persecutions and
afflictions which you endure" (2 Thess. 1:4). Why? Because, God would take
care of the problem when He returns in judgment. Notice what Paul says:
For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those
who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in
flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those
who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty
of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory
of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to
be marveled at among all who have believed- for our testimony to you was
believed. (2 Thess. 1:6-10).
a statement, as that one above, will require violence in order to accomplish.
Such violence will be good and righteous, because if will one that rights some
of the wrongs of history. The God of the Bible is a righteous and just God.
all of us have read a story or seen a movie or play where an individual, group,
or nation is oppressed by a tyrant or bully. At a crucial point in the story,
a hero arrives to save the victim and destroy the oppressor. When this moment
arrives in the drama, there is always a sense of relief and euphoria because
right triumphed over the bad, good over evil, righteousness over
unrighteousness. That is what is scheduled to occur in the real drama of human
history. Our Lord is going to return to planet earth when at the height of
global tyranny from Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet and cast them
into the bottomless pit and the Lake of Fire (Rev. 19:19- 20:3). I hope that
you will be standing and cheering with me when this violent moment occurs.
Perhaps the unbelieving world will raise the question of violence. Yet it will
be a time when God will be implementing in history His righteousness and
am convinced that one of the reasons that many unbelievers are opposed to all
violence is because they sense deep down in their own souls that they are
unrighteous and have violated God' s righteous standards. They sense that when
the time comes for God to separate forever good and evil, that they would be
the ones who would be the recipients of God' s violent judgment. Thus, like
Satan of old, they attempt to construct an artificial standard in thin air by
which they will attempt to say to the holy God, " That' s not fair!" And if it
is not fair then God does not have the right to judge them. Such guilty
consciences will not be a legitimate basis upon which to condemn God and excuse
themselves. For Scripture says that at the final judgment no one will be able
to hide from this event (Rev. 20:11) and every mouth will be shut before Him
(Rom. 3:19). Every creature will be made to realize that indeed, the God of
the Bible is righteous and just. Thus, all of His acts are likewise righteous
and just, including His acts of violence.
is wonderful to know about our God is that He has provided a way to escape the
violent judgment of God. This he accomplished through the most violent death
of Christ on the cross so that all who believe in Him will receive the gift of
eternal life and will not enter into condemnation. This is truly good news in
light of reality. This is why we can believe that not all violence is evil,
some is good and this fact is being demonstrated in present history and will be
finally put on display for the whole world to see and understand through the
implementation of God prophetic plan for the future. Maranatha!