Vengeance is Mine …
… sayeth the Lord. Did the Lord really say that?
Or how about this;
“And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.” Or did my favourite prophet Ezekiel take a little poetic license right there?
It depends on the angle you take on the whole religious / spiritual deal, I suppose. Anyone taking those things from the Love and peace angle will undoubtedly file those statements in the ridiculous basket.
Those statements and their variants belong firmly in the ego camp.
Revenge and vengeance are part of the convoluted ego state of being. It has been so since the ego state was hallucinated into being.
Interesting, that these concepts are overtly and explicitly denounced and numerous laws have been legislated against them, and yet, never has man seriously tried to remove their causes.
Mankind loves and covets injustice, even perceived injustice will do, because injustice warrants vengeance and revenge.
It’s all very neat and tidy because once we get into the injustice, revenge, vengeance cycle, it self perpetuates. It creates its own situations, you don’t even have to add water.
You call a man a thief, and put him in jail. It doesn’t matter that his kids were starving and he stole a loaf of bread. No. There are no excuses, no exceptions. The law is the law.
So the man goes to jail, does his time, and is released back into society. Except now he has a record. He drags around a stigma. He has been in jail. He can’t be trusted, so he can’t get a job. The kids still need to eat, so what’s he going to do? Become a full time thief of course! Ha! Exclaim with glee, those who engineered the whole thing to start with. Once a thief always a thief. Ah yes, ego is to be proud of.
Or how about certain parts of the community who have been stigmatized and branded as criminals? It doesn’t matter that the majority have no criminal records and have never seen the inside of a courtroom. It’s the company you keep, boy! Says the man, as he mercilessly harasses, pesters and persecutes. So eventually, those who have had nothing to do with any illegality, ever, turn into something they never would have turned into were it not for those who saw fit to harass and bully them.
And then there are unending incidences of one side killing enemies, whose families then kill the killers and if the original killers are no longer around they kill their descendants, who in turn come back and do likewise. It never stops.
Bottom line—Hate creates hate. Vengeance creates more vengeance. Injustice creates more injustice. War creates war, and so the world rolls.
The answer to all these things is Love. Love is the ultimate healer.