How can one say they are a Christian, yet believe that it is okay to kill people in War?
unless it is self defence, i don't see how they can justify it. i ask the same sort of question many times about other things that are suppose to be about the teachings in the bible but i rarely get sensible answers.
I would like scripture from the New Testament (as that is what we are living under--not the Old Testament) where killing a person in a war is said to be okay.
What would I do if I knew someone was going to kill me in a week if I didn't kill them? I would call the police. I would prepare to defend myself.
Joining a war, as a christian, puts a person in the position of possibly murdering someone. Murder is like judgment, ya don't wanna do it. To murder someone is to pass a judgment, like they are not good enough to live or god didnt want them saved anyway.
Personally, i wouldn't want to be in that position.
The OT wars were won or lost by the discretion of Yahweh. He caused israel to win or lose depending on "sin in the camp". Today there is much sin in the camp. God will do what god will do and there is no diverting it. God raises up kings, presidents and nations, they are all chess pieces in his hands.
If I, as a christian got killed in a war, that would be like committing suicide, the work of god in my life would be over and i would fall short of what He wanted to do in my life.
Some areas of this sinful, carnal world we are seperate from and i believe war is one of them, police, politics are a couple of others.
The NT Scripture text you might want is Romans 13:1-6 that explains how governments are designed to punish evil, both individual and corporate. God uses governments now just as He did throughout the OT (He's "the same yesterday, today and forever" in Hebrews 13:8), especially as is described in Daniel 2:21. I actually wrote a book, God Caused the Civil War, that explains that whole premise, part of which is in my hub "Why Would God Cause The American Civil War, If He Did?!!" (Since I don't get paid for my hubbing, I feel safe in pointing you there.)
Obedience is a big deal to God in both OT and NT. The passage in Romans 13 was written to Christians under the Caesars, not a "good" government; which creates more things for us to ponder.
Enjoy the thinking!
Let me turn the question around on you. Should we turn our cheeks as Hitler slaughtered innocent Jews? Should we turn our cheeks when terrorists fly planes into buildings killing innocent people? If we follow your logic, slavery would still exist in this country. The question ignores the face that evil is present in this world and must be dealt with.
If someone breaks into your home and threatens your family, should you just lay there and take it? Of should you stop the intruder from harming your family at any cost? If you are a good person, you would take out the intruder.
Read the Old Testament, God commanded that Israel wipe out man, woman, and children. Read the end of the book, God Himself will make war against unbelievers and Satan.
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