A question one should then ask is “where am I?”. We should all strive to manifest peace in our surroundings and distant reach of influence, so that through Christ we are a living blessing.
In 1948, three years after Nazi Germany fell after loosing the Second World War, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG), was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and ratified by 140 nations. This came into being after some of the worst human atrocities led to the deaths of millions of innocent men, women and children, who were wiped out in genocidal annihilation during the holocaust.
Genocide is a term that emerged in the 20th century and was first coined in 1944 by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin, who combined the Greek words genos (race) and the latin word cide (to kill). Sadly we too often have to use the word genocide to describe atrocities committed upon people groups, who face not only persecution, but in many cases utter desecration. However, genocide is a word that not always refers to the killing of individuals in an ethnic group, but other destructive acts and crimes committed “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” This includes forced sterilization, and other measures to prevent births, the kidnapping of children from a group, or destitute conditions of life inflicted on a group to bring about its destruction. Also rape warfare as a form of ethnic cleansing is considered by some a type of genocide.
Yet definitions aside, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when hearing the word genocide, is mass murder on a grand scale. In this broad scope of the term, there are many instances of genocidal mass murder worth mentioning.
*The Rwandan Genocide: (800,000 dead) In a matter of a few months, from April to July of 1994, 800,000 Rwandans, mostly from the Tutsi minority were killed by members of the Hutu majority. The divide between Tutsi and Hutu was not so much an ethnic divide, but one established by the colonialism of Rwanda by the Belgians, after a League of Nations mandate, preceding Word War 1. Rwanda was a part of German East Africa from 1894 to 1918. After Germanys defeat in World War One, Belgium took control of the territory and its people. The Belgians gave preference to the Tutsi minority, and established a caste system in Rwanda, that eventually exploded into a great conflict. In some instances Tutsis were defined as Tutsi simply because of physical attributes, such as the shape of the nose or jaw, and were given higher privilege and power in the government. This made the Hutu majority very angry, and decades later it boiled over into genocide.
*Armenian Genocide: (1.5 million dead) Leaders of the Turkish government in 1915, devised and implemented measures to expel and massacre Armenians residing in the Ottoman Empire. Most historians believe that during the time of the massacre there were roughly 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. When the massacres and deportations in Turkey finally cease, by the early 1920s, about 1.5 million Armenians were dead and many others were forcibly removed from the country. The Armenians dwelled in the Caucasus region of Eurasia for about 3,000 years. It was the first nation in the world to make Christianity the official religion of state. The Armenian people were absorbed into the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century. The genocide of the Armenians was perpetrated because of religious differences between Muslims and Christians.
*Cambodian Genocide: (1.5 - 3 million dead) Between 1975 and 1979 a genocide was carried out by the Khmer Rogue (KR) regime led by Pol Pot, ending an estimated 1.5 to 3 million lives. The KR planned to implement a form of agrarian socialism which was devised based on the ideals of Stalinism and Maoism. The KR and their policies of the forced relocation of urban populations, torture, mass executions and use of forced labor, malnutrition, and disease, led to the demise of approximately 25% of the total Cambodian populations (around 2 million people). The genocide came to a end after Vietnam invaded Cambodia. At least 20,000 mass graves, have since been uncovered and termed as “The Killing Fields”.
So an obvious question to ask is, “Does God allow genocide to unfold upon the world, though He has the power to stop it?” The truth is that God does absolutely everything in His power to bless people who are cursed by Satan’s influence in wicked men. The Lord compels expressions of His love through mortal vessels, and Satan’s hatred is also being manifest through human chalices. It’s a war between good and evil, and we are the pawns in that cosmic game of chess. God’s power is not unlimited and Satan has immense destructive capabilities, working through people. God and the Devil, at all times, by all means, are working to fulfill their opposing wills, in preparations for the Final Battle of Armageddon, where all fate will be decided by the lives of the Christ and the Antichrist; by which incarnation survives triumphant in the bondage of mortality.
Many people believe that God allows bad things to happen, in order to teach us a lesson. Try telling that to a mother who’s infant is in the cancer ward of a hospital. God’s influence simply isn’t omnipotent, and Satan has power and authority to commit heinous acts through mortal perpetrators. Someone who stands by while others suffer and die, doing nothing to help, is as guilty of the crime as the one who commits the sinful act. God is a lover of justice and a hater of injustice, so why wouldn’t God do everything in His power to alleviate the suffering on Earth and deliver people to a higher spiritual peace. God is simply not in control of our world or the human race that has conquered and subdued it.
The Epic Testament explains how God and Satan’s war is unfolding upon the Earth in Armageddon and how you can unite with the Lord and manifest a grace centred destiny. I implore you to read the Epic Testament and understand it’s message of hope and warning of destruction. Take hold of Christ’s hand and walk with Him into the realm of universal deliverance, where salvation manifests in the time of the end.