Conquering Without Being Violent
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Violence and intolerance have engulfed our world. Daily we hear of religious intolerance and violence, domestic violence, ethnic violence, and other kinds of violence.
Violent people become angry when they are not able to communicate effectively with people and convince them to accept their views. They become angry when they are unable to make their spouses understand them or accept their views. In many homes, parents physically abuse their children at the least provocation.
This book discusses why putting out the fire of contention by love, tolerance, peacemaking and persuasion, without returning evil for evil, is effective in turning enemies into friends.
Martin Luther King said, "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." We see the ugly sides of hatred and violence when suicide bombers strike, and when spouses pummel their partners. Jesus emphasized on promoting peace through love.
This book explains how we conquer by persuasion, without using force or threat. You may be able to conquer people by the use of force and make them obey you; however, you can never make them genuinely love you by the use of force. Persuasion has always been the Christian method of presenting views or beliefs. Persuasion is an art of speaking to the mind and the conscience of people who oppose you, and convincing violent people to know why their way is not the right method.
Proverbs 15:1 says, "A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath." People become suspicious when you force your ideas on them. Winning by persuasion makes people accept your views willingly; when they are not coerced to accept your views. When you use persuasion, people will voluntarily comply with your decisions, without realizing that you are actually directing the way they decide. When we use persuasion rather than force, we are able to make people want to do what we want them to do without any conflict. By persuasion, we are able to make people change their attitude voluntarily.
Tolerating people does not mean one must acquiesce to their dissenting views or beliefs. One may tolerate other people's views without believing or accepting them as true. Christians obey Christ who said we must not hate our enemies, but love them. However, while tolerating their enemies, Christians should continue to teach the truth. While other religious militants use the sword to compel people to accept their way, Christians must exhibit true love and forbearance when teaching the truth or presenting their views.

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ISBN: 9781311767868
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