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A time For War

Discussion in 'Friendship Court' started by Francie, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. Francie

    Francie Member

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    I have heard some people who are christians say that God is a pacifist. That He does not deal with war. What is your opinion? I think they need to go back and read their Bibles again ! there are a lot of scripture that says that He used war when it is nescecarry.One great example is in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 , and 3:17
     
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  2. ziggy1952

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    Anyone who has read the Old Testament surely can't say God is a Pacifist.If that is a pacifist, I'd sure hate to make Him mad.:)
     
  3. Susan

    Susan 退屈させた1 つ (bored one)

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    I don't want to offend KJV Only people, so I took the extra trouble to look all these up in the KJV.

    On a quick search through the Old Testament:
    Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

    Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

    Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    Malachi 2:5-7 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

    Now in the New:

    Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

    Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

    Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

    Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

    Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

    Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

    2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

    Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

    2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

    There are many more, but these are a few verses.

    Oh, and BTW, I believe God to be loving and peaceful. Not in the sense of an all-tolerant, "whatever-man," drugged-out hippie, but in the sense that He has given everyone (even those who don't know Him) so much, even His own life-and that He is saddened at the loss of even one soul.

    IOW, He's not some always-enraged monster looking for people to kill to satisfy His righteous anger-or looking to agitate wars so people kill each other.
     
  4. MetalBlade

    MetalBlade Defender of the Faith

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    Hmmmmm God doesn't deal with war. My name is Joshua! Hmmmm let me think about that one! ;)
     
  5. Susan

    Susan 退屈させた1 つ (bored one)

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    That was one of the hardest things for me to reconcile. . .still is in fact, the difference between the OT and NT, like God changed, although He is unchanging.

    Nevertheless, I ignore it. Some things just aren't meant for mere humanity to know all of. . .maybe He started the wars then to prevent further bloodshed. . .but I don't really know, nor do I care to know. I just know that God is not some sort of cruel, angry thing out to kill us all and rejoice over our deaths.
     
  6. Jephunneh

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    Revelation 19:15
    And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

    Revelation 14
    19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
    20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
     
  7. Jephunneh

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    Romans 2:5
    But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

    Matthew 24:6
    And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    Luke 14:31
    Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

    2 Timothy 2:4
    No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
     
  8. hugoguttman

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    The Old testament says:
    An eye for an eye and a teeth for a teeth...and sure you can see this is an strategy used by Israel people in Palestinian conflict... If a palestinian kill any Israel citizen.. there will be the same palestinian casualties... (the Law)
    but what about on what Jesus says:
    Blessed the pacifist, because they will be called Sons of God.
    And as a response to the first paragraph.. read Mathew 5:25
    and Mathew 5:38-39
    God is not a God of war... is a God of love.
    Hugo.
     
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