Belief in sin justifies attack; while attack reinforces belief in sin. All violence is born of these two illusions.
Attack seems like the right response only if you first believe that sin is real. For sin to be made real, it is necessary to believe that it is something other than error—that there are bad people who wish us harm and who understand only attack. So we attack to teach a lesson. But, by this logic, doesn’t our attack make us that bad person who also deserves attack?
Belief in sin and attack is the cause of all violence. The sane among us see not sin; rather error. The error is to act without love. We respond to all error with love. Attack has no place because it teaches nothing other than that sin is real and that violence is justified.
Oftentimes we are attacked, even by those who claim to love us. If we believe attack is ever justified, we must also believe that we have sinned—that we are guilty. This fills us with shame and self-loathing—making it seem as though our errors were sinful and deserving of attack. You might have made a mistake, but you are not guilty and attack is not justified.
Undo these two illusions and your life is renewed. Attack is never reasonable, nor effective, nor justified. Attack is an error. Sin is never anything other than error. The error is lack of love and the correction to lack of love is always perfect love. The thought system of perfect love is complete knowledge. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.