Everyone wants to put an end to gun violence.
The trouble is that we don't seem to know how to do it!!!
Some say we should ban guns... Just take them out of the hands of the American public.
Others say that would be a breach of the Second Amendment. Furthermore, doing so would leave American citizens vulnerable to armed criminals AND an armed and potentially dictatorial government.
Truly this is a vexing problem!
Albert Einstein once said...
Albert Einstein once said...
Unfortunately it looks as though a lot of people have made assumptions about exactly what the solution to gun violence actually is but have spent no time investigating or addressing the problem.
THIS IS ACTUALLY TURNING PEOPLE, ALL OF WHOM HAVE THE SAME GOAL (curbing gun violence), INTO ENEMIES!!!
Gun violence is not the problem... IT'S THE SYMPTOM!
Solutions to the problem, as well as the symptom, are discussed all over the media. But the actual cause of the problem, i.e. the problem itself, remains completely ignored.
But the symptom will not be alleviated without dealing with the cause!!! And we don't even have to spend 55 minutes trying to figure out what the cause is!
Part of the problem, however, is that people tend to refuse to accept that the problem is, in fact, the problem. It can cause emotional turmoil.
You see... the prophet, Jeremiah, had it already figured out over 2,600 years ago when He said...
“The heart (of man) is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
In essence... WE ARE ALL DEPRAVED to the core!!! Some of us may be able to control our evil tendencies better than others but when it comes to our thoughts, actions, motives etc., as Moses put it...
HA-SHEM (God) saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
So now we know the root cause of the violence... the evil that's in the hearts of people. The next thing is for each of us to admit that this evil exists within us. That's a little hard, because none of us really wants to admit how bad we really are.
But once we admit that our hearts are “deceitful and desperately sick”, THERE IS A CURE.
Jesus, a victim of the very worst form of violence, died a death, the pain of which could not be adequately described by the adjective “excruciating”... a term invented for the purpose of attempting to describe the pain inflicted by this form of execution.
He died as a Kaporah (or atonement) by which our “deceitful, sick” hearts could be forgiven by God. In essence, He died a death in our place, that we, ourselves, deserved.
Furthermore, He rose from the dead to assure that we, too, can have eternal life.
Our task is to merely thank Him and offer our lives to Him.
Only HE can deal properly with the problem of violence.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
It was we Jews who wrote the New Testament.