WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 2

From the website of Kelly Juleson-Scopino, a second-term legislator serving Manchester’s 12th district in Connecticut. (from here)

In WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 1, we introduced the topic.

  • We considered the confusion that exists on the subject of hatred. That post suggests a need to discuss the topic and consider what the Bible has to say.
  • We observed that the Bible says we should forgive those who hate us, just as Jesus forgave those hated Him.

When we talk about something, even something that it seem obvious that we all understand, we still need to take the time to make certain we all share the SAME understanding of the words we are using. Otherwise, because we have not defined the terminology, we may not be talking about the same thing. Then we will just confuse and anger each other. Therefore, in this post we will consider what it means to hate.

What Is Hatred?

To the folks at “Scientific American”, hatred is a neurological response, The Origin of Hatred. From that perspective, hatred doesn’t seem to be much different from love. Are hatred and love just neurological responses?

Science does not have the means to study the human spirit or a soul. What if we concede there is more to being human than what science can measure? If our thoughts have an existence beyond the means of science to understand, then what exactly is hatred? Who should we ask, the “best” haters?

Oddly, I suspect the people who are most filled with hatred understand hatred the least. Consider how the same anonymous soul defined both hatred and love at urban dictionary (note that activating the links in the definitions will bring up language unsuitable for children).

What this site is all about.
You can never have enough hatred to fill your ego.
by Anonymous July 28, 2003
nature’s way of tricking people into reproducing
by Anonymous April 07, 2003

How do we recognize a “hater”? They are angry. Wrath (or anger), not hatred, is one of the seven deadly sins (see Seven deadly sins). Anonymous’ words betrayed his anger, and he seemed to be much more interested in hurting others than informing anyone. Anger, especially when it becomes rage is not conducive to logical thought or seeking the truth. Hence, we have the expression, “seeing red”.

See red

Other phrases about:

Meaning

Become angry; lose self-control.

Origin

The colour red has many associations – heat, heated emotions and violence, communism, a sign of warning (as in traffic lights etc), ripeness (in fruit etc), the colour representing the British Empire on maps and, of course, blood.

see redIt is widely thought that ‘see red’ derives from the sport of bull-fighting and the toreador’s use of a red cape to deceive the bull. (continued here)

Hatred leads to anger. Anger can be become rage. The Bible directs us to control our anger.

Ephesians 4:26-27 Good News Translation (GNT)

26 If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. 27 Don’t give the Devil a chance.

Hatred is not equal to a lost of self-control, but anger to the point of rage is exactly that.

Therefore, the more traditional definition “hatred” is the best.

hatred
1. the feeling of one who hates; intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.

Observe that the definition does not include what is hated. Could be animal, vegetable or mineral. Could be a person, place or thing. Could be an idea, concept, a belief. Could even be God. Does what we hate make a difference as to whether hatred is right or wrong?

The definition also does not describe the nature of the anger. Is it selfish?

Selfish anger is provoked when we believe we’ve been treated unjustly or unfairly. We want something, we don’t get it, we feel deprived, and now someone is going to pay for having treated us this way (James 4:1-4). The goal is revenge. When driven by vengeance, we demand that someone pay now for the injustice we’ve suffered. We impatiently demand immediate execution of justice according to our specifications, and refuse to allow time for God to work in the hearts of those who have offended us (James 1:19-20). Our anger becomes a caustic acid intended to burn those we feel have burned us unfairly. When offended, we can be ruthless, hard, unreasonable, and devoid of mercy in our response. (from here)

Thus, hatred is not a simple thing. It is an emotional response that motivates us to anger. In the extreme, it motivates us to rage against someone, something, or some idea. Some how we have to control our hatred or be controlled by it.

Should we strive to eliminate our hatred? That we will consider in the next post.

To Be Posted

  • Is It Wrong To Hate?
  • What Do We Do About Our Own Hatred.

5 thoughts on “WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR HATRED? — PART 2

  1. Philippians 4:11-13
    ” I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

    A big key to happiness is gratitude.
    People who feel entitled become angry when life does not confirm to their personal wishes.
    That can manifest itself into non-righteous anger and hatred.

    A young wife and mother recently passed. I did not know her personally, but her story went public when she was diagnosed with an inoperable very aggressive type of cancer only a few months back. Facebook posts reached a prominent neurosurgeon who believed that he could operate and potentially save her. She kept a blog and touched a lot of lives. She just turned 28 two days before she passed, and left behind a toddler daughter and husband. Her blog was one of great positivity and gratitude in spite of the awful ordeal. Her husband said she would ask him to read it before posting to make sure to give readers hope and joy through her writing. She was a very sweet, happy person in life according to all who knew her. She was someone I’d like to emulate.

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      1. Thank you. I have two daughters who are just a bit older. I don’t know how I would react if that young lady were one of my daughters, but I hope their mother and I raised them to face death as bravely.

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    1. We have a life that cost us nothing. Our Lord has given us family, friends, and neighbors. We have the promise of happiness for eternity in heaven. If the price we must pay is learning something about wisdom in this short life, we don’t have much to complain about, but we do have much cause for joy.

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