Terrible Consequences - A Paper on Terrorism, Harmony and God

Terrible Consequences - A Paper on Terrorism, Harmony and God

Terror is and always will be a part of life for man. Because of sin it is inescapable and unending. The act of terrorism is just an extension of the most fallen parts of mans nature. Since terror is an especially prominent issue in today’s culture, man should try and grasp what exactly it is so he can better understand and prevent it. The state of terror is one of fear and anguish, and while it is such an actuality Locke says in Second Treatise of Government that men, in their natural state must first protect themselves and then others; so when part of mankind forsakes this, other men must take it upon themselves go back and rediscover the mores in their state of nature (Locke 7-8). Although what motivates terror is an extension of sin and cannot be destroyed on this earth, man should fight it as well as is possible, because in order to be in harmony with his nature he must protect his fellow man; to his best abilities, against harm.

The reality of terrorism is not in any way a new one, Israelites faced it four thousand years ago with the Egyptians. Fear has proven to be an effective tactic in subduing opponents, and without a power higher than man to be ultimate judge there is no problem with it. In Exodus 1, the Pharaoh says “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, his solution is to cast all the sons of the Hebrews into the Nile, not to only eliminate the problem, but also forcefully show his power (Exodus 1:9-10, 22). Although terror is not a natural extension of man's intended nature,“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions” (Locke 8), It is an extension of his laws, “As an intelligent being he [man] constantly violates the laws god has established and and changes those he himself has established; he must guide himself, and yet he is a limited being; he is subject to ignorance and error, as are all finite intelligences; he loses even the imperfect knowledge he has” (Montesquieu 5).

Man is not naturally inclined towards terror; it is a result of his intelligence and ability too choose his own laws. Since he is fallen part of man will always adopt perverted ideals; this is a part of cosmic reality. Until the return of Christ, evil and terror will exist, no amount of fighting will stop it. Man should stop trying to fight something that he cannot stop. It would not be immoral to do so, in fact it would be virtuous. It exhausts time and resources to fight constantly, and if man has a correct view of the universe he will understand that this is not eternity and will be able too see the flaw in the pursuit of constant war.

As long as there has been terror, there has been war against terror. “A criminal who, having renounced reason ... hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tyger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security. And upon this is grounded the great law of Nature, 'Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.'" (Locke 10). Since God gave man his nature, and part of his nature is to help his fellow man: Christians are commanded to oppose and actively counteract terror, under the limitations that he must first protect himself. Man should fight terror as well as is possible, without using terror himself. Evil will always be, but as it is just a perversion of good, there will always be good as well. Preservation of good should always be put before abolition of evil.

To be in harmony with his nature, man must understand where it comes from. Terrorism is horrible because it is the exact opposite of mans purest and original nature, in the image of God. It is so common because it exactly corresponds to mans laws in his fallen state. Montesquieu describes them as follows:
“Man, as a physical being, is governed by invariable
laws like other bodies. As an intelligent being, he
constantly violates the laws god has established and
changes those he himself establishes; he must guide
himself, and yet he is a limited being; he is subject to
ignorance and error, as are all finite intelligences; he
loses even the imperfect knowledge he has” (Montesquieu 5).
Man was created perfectly and his intelligence caused him to rebel against his physical nature, in which he is bound to invariably follow God's laws, causing sin. To be in harmony with one's nature is to be in harmony with God. Even though complete harmony with God is impossible in life, man can continue to come closer throughout his existence as a physical and intelligent being. As man sins less, he will disobey Gods law less, and as he disobeys Gods law less he will create his own laws less, defeating the negative aspects in the paradoxical existence of intelligently physical beings.

The closer man comes to harmony with God and harmony, the more he can correctly asses the reality of terror. As he sees it for what it truly is: a perverted continuation of the possessing the laws of both the physical and intelligent. With terror as such an absolute part of existence, man needs too constantly and deliberately work towards harmony with God, is the only way he can be completely understanding of the issues. With a correct perspective towards life, truth and law man can justly and effectively combat terror. Even though it is such an immense obstacle, terror can be oppressed; by understanding and acting upon the nature of man.

Works Cited
1. Montesquieu, Charles De Secondat, Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn. Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. The Spirit of the Laws. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989. Print.
2. Locke, John. The Second Treatise on Civil Government. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1986. Print.
3. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version Containing the Old and New Testaments : ESV. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007. Print.