The human character failing of “control or destroy” is a main reason behind religious intolerance. Under the guise of zeal for God, country, or institution many exercise this evil trait of control or destroy. This failing can be seen in so many aspects of humans dealing with each other, whether it is trade agreements, one group oppressing another, or war. The saddest manifestation of this when it is inflicted of the poor, the weak, defenseless, and the righteous. The Bible predict that this evil will be inflicted on society by those who think they have ultimate power.
Revelation13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13:13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
13:14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
13:15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
13:16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
13:17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
13:18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.