Why Do People Fight?
by Arthur Griffith
Children fight at school and at home. At weddings many couples join hands "for better or for worse" and promise to "love, honor, and cherish" each other "till death do us part." But often they fight and divorce. Why?
Is there some reason why people and nations fight and often people kill each other? Will all the fighting ever stop? Often many leaders, social scientists, teachers, and parents have asked these questions.
Many people say that we fight because people are animals. We came from the apes, and animals have always fought. Darwin called this the principle of the "survival of the fittest"—the strongest and smartest animals survive. So, people are the same as the animals.
But the Bible tells us that people did not come from animals. The people were created perfect and holy. The Bible says that our first parents, Adam and Eve, lost their pure and holy character when they disobeyed God. They disobeyed God when they ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. After sin, they could not give their children a holy character. Adam and Eve's firstborn, Cain, killed the second son, Abel.
This world has had both good and evil ever since that sad day when Adam and Eve sinned. Evil has become a part of all of us. The "natural" person is basically selfish. Have you ever seen small children who never fight over toys?
Is there hope for us? Is there hope that our damaged moral character can be repaired? Can there ever be a world without selfishness, death, and sorrow?
The answer is YES! The Bible is the answer to our hope. The Bible tells us the whole story of how sin started in a perfect universe, and how God works to fix things.
In Genesis 3:15 (NIV) God is speaking to Satan as the serpent. He says, "I will put enmity [hate] between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Here is a most interesting verse! What did "woman" mean when God talked to Satan? Did God talk about Eve? The "woman" cannot be Eve because she died. Satan is still alive. Who is "he" who would crush Satan's head but be bitten on the heel?
Revelation 12:1 tells us who the woman is. This woman stands on the moon. She is clothed with the sun and has a crown of twelve stars. This woman cannot be an ordinary woman of flesh and blood. Other verses help us learn more about who this woman is. "I have likened [compared] the daughter of Zion to a lovely and delicate woman" (Jeremiah 6:2). "I have betrothed [married] you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste [pure] virgin unto Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). The woman in Genesis is the symbol of God's true church. People become part of this woman [church] when they truly surrender to Jesus and serve Him. They hate evil and love righteousness.
The "he" in Genesis 3:15 was Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus is the one who will finally crush Satan. But He [Jesus] got hurt when He crushed Satan. Jesus had to suffer on the cross when Satan "bit" His [Jesus'] heel. That did not destroy Jesus. He rose from the tomb. Hebrews 2:14 explains that Jesus won the world from Satan. Sin and death will end because of His death on the cross.
Jesus is able to give you and me the pure, holy character that Adam and Eve could not give us. Soon Jesus will come again and complete His work. Read Jude 24.