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War

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Green Gaia, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Green Gaia

    Green Gaia Veteran Member

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    What, if anything, does your religion say about participation in war?
     
  2. jewscout

    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    It is sometimes necessary:(
     
  3. MagickIsFun

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    "An' it harm none, do what ye will."
     
  4. No*s

    No*s Captain Obvious

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    I concur with Jewscout. The world we live in is one that often doesn't give us an easy black and white, but the lesser of several evils. There are times when war is neccessary :(.
     
  5. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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    These are the scriptures I came up with in the bible. There are others and do to space limitations and "ream factor" I won't post them all.
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    [World English Bible]

    Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 12:2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. 12:3 For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. 12:4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function, 12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 12:6 Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; 12:7 or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching; 12:8 or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good. 12:10 In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another; 12:11 not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12:12 rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer; 12:13 contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality. 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse. 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits. 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. 12:18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. 12:19 Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.”* 12:20 Therefore

    “If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
    If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
    for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.”*
    12:21 Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


    Proverbs 20:22 Don’t say, “I will pay back evil.”
    Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.


    1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all.


    2 Timothy 2:24 The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient, 2:25 in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth, 2:26 and they may recover themselves out of the devil’s snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.


    Hebrews 12:14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,


    James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.


    Matthew 7:12 Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
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  6. may

    may Well-Known Member

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    When Jesus was being arrested, the apostle Peter tried to defend him with a lethal weapon. But the Son of God reprimanded him, saying: "Return your sword to its place, for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52) How did first-century Christians apply those words? Note the following quotations.​



    "A careful review of all the information available [shows] that, until the time of Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.], no Christian became a soldier; and no soldier, after becoming a Christian, remained in military service."—The Rise of Christianity.







    "The behavior of the [early] Christians was very different from that of the Romans. . . . Since Christ had preached peace, they refused to become soldiers."—Our World Through the Ages.





    Because Christ’s disciples refused to serve in the emperor’s legions, the Romans put many of them to death. Why did Christians maintain such an unpopular stand? Because Jesus taught them to be peacemakers.so i would say this is food for thought for anyone who calls themself a christian.

     
  7. Master Vigil

    Master Vigil Well-Known Member

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    War is a funeral. And even the victors are included in that funeral. It is not a time for exaltations.
     
  8. Circle_One

    Circle_One Well-Known Member

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    I concur with MagickIsFun here. Most definitely.
     
  9. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    War is of Satan.
     
  10. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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