The Bible describes an antisocial personality as a man or woman of sin. This refers to a character most misunderstood. The antisocial personality exists in families, in social groupings and across the world, as to be the instigator of wars. The antisocial personality is more focused on the self, rather than the welfare of his peers. He can be a member of the family or exist in any social grouping.
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NIV).
The entourage of Jesus comprised twelve disciples. It would surprise some people how one, Judas Iscariot, could rise to betray Jesus. The goodness of Jesus had been displayed in Judas’ presence. But, how could Judas fail to know better? How could an enemy come from within, instead of coming from outside?
The origins of Zimbabwean problems, since 1980, have been caused by a few rabble-rousers presiding over ordinary people’s ignorance. Ignorant people are controlled by emotions, rather than reason. When using the reactive mind, unjustified anger can be aroused, to achieve desired results.
In the early New Testament Bible, (Acts 19:24-34), there is an anecdote about a silversmith named Demetrius. He made good business in crafting silver shrines of Artemis. This was a lucrative business, whose trade was attached to idol worshipping. The apostle Paul came into that area, preaching Jesus, granting wisdom to the ignorant worshippers of goddess Artemis.
Demetrius was not a worshipper of the goddess Artemis. He may have been clear of the superstitious tendencies of goddess Artemis worshippers. His religious attachment was business. He made good profits out of crafting the shrines of Artemis. He then resented Paul, not for anything, but that he disturbed his lucrative business of crafting images of goddess Artemis.
Demetrius could not confront Paul, just as it is always not easy to confront truthful people. The only thing a pretender can do is hate truthful people. Hence, Demetrius came up with an idea that would silence Paul forever. Rather than reason with those idolaters, proving whether idol worship had merit or not, he engaged their emotions. To Demetrius, their ignorance was valuable.
Ignorant people do not reason, but can be effectively manipulated emotionally. The method used to arouse the emotion of the Ephesians was in sympathizing with the goddess Artemis. “Great is Artemis of Ephesians!” Demetrius initiated the war cry. This resonated well with the idolaters.