God ≠ Violent/Violence

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From my pastor friend Daniel Skillman:

God does not solve the problem of human violence with cosmic and divine violence. 

God solves the problem of human violence with grace, and mercy, that make for peace.

God does not overcome evil with evil. 

God overcomes evil with good.

God does not defeat death with killing. 

God defeats death with resurrection life.

God does not curb cruelty with cruelty. 

God curbs cruelty with compassion.

God does not demand payment for sin. 

God forgives sin without payment.

God does not end war by dropping the biggest bomb. 

God ends war by refusing to drop any bombs.

God does not demand our faith in exchange for His love. 

God’s love for us creates our faith in Him.

God does not demand our love in exchange for His forgiveness. 

God’s forgiveness creates our love for Him.

God does not destroy His enemies with a show of force. 

God destroys His enemies by making them His friends.

God does not repel hate with hate.
God repels hate with love.

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