In Episode 8 of Angel Beats, entitled “Dancer in the Dark,” we find a clone of Kanade is on the attack. Why? Kanade had an ability developed which allowed her to “clone herself” to protect herself. The clone then followed the orders based on the mood she had at the time. At the time, she was angry, embittered, and ready for a fight. So, the clones are angry and hyper-violent, unlike the real Kanade who has become calm and tried to only use her powers for self-defense. In the melee which follows, we discover the clones had made clones. Many of them.
In anger, Kanade lashed out in a way which could destroy the balance at the school and destroy the Battlefront. Anger is sometimes justified. We see Christ angry at the moneychangers in the Temple. Righteous anger, as Paul speaks to in Ephesians 4:26-27, is about injustice or sin in the world. It is not merely annoyance at a friend or enemy. It is not merely due to the fact that someone is doing that which you do not like. Kanade’s anger stemmed from the battle they were raging. What was the battle about? Kanade wanting balance in the school, the Battlefront wanting unbalance as they do not want to “disappear” from their current afterlife. Was this righteous anger or was this the murderous anger which Christ speaks of when we hate others (Matthew 5:21-22)? From what I saw, it was the latter.
Hate is murder in the heart (1 John 3:15). It wells within you causing you pain as well as pain to those around you. We see this literally as Kanade subconsciously creates clones of herself which hurt those around her. They murder nearly all of the Battlefront. In this world, they can come back to life…but murder happens from her anger. Uncontrolled rage destroys a person. The Bible speaks extensively to controlling ones anger (see examples here), but the greatest display of untamed and unchecked anger in the Bible is Samson.
Samson was to be God’s tool to take down the Philistines. In his rage, he committed many, many murders. Not merely self defense or deaths on the field of battle, but cold blooded murder. When someone figures out his riddle (which is not really a riddle, but an act of deception on the part of Samson), he murders 30 Philistines in cold blood (Judges 14). When his wife remarried because he abandoned her, he ripped some Philistines limb from limb and burned down their fields (Judges 15:1-5). In his rage, he left his wife in harms way leading to her and his father-in-law’s death (Judges 15:6). His rage led to the literal murder of hundreds of people over his lifetime.
Internally, we are committing the same sin when we hate. It doesn’t always come outward like Samson or like Kanade, but in our subconscious we have willed ill and willed death upon our enemy. That’s wrong. That’s sinful and it must be thwarted. It must be fought. That’s where Christ comes and does what we cannot – He forgives and teaches us to do the same. With Christ, with the Spirit, we can forgive, we can stop the hate, and we can move on.