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originally posted by: buster2010
originally posted by: FlyersFan
originally posted by: BombDefined
I was trying to see how Christians justified military service (i.e. ANZAC day) with the commandment 'Thou Shalt not Kill'.
I'm a Christian. I was in the US Army for five years. There is no contradiction. No where did Jesus say that you can't protect yourself or engage in self defense. If there had been a war and we had been invaded, I would have had no problem blasting the hell out of the invaders and then going and praying my rosary at the end of the day.
What part of "thou shalt not kill" don't you understand? Up until the time of Constantine killing was not forgiven for any reason.
When you joined the military you put yourself into the position to kill people. If you were to invade another nation like we have done a lot of lately do you really think you would be forgiven if you were to kill someone? After all you are the aggressor and not really defending yourself. It's easy to say had we been invaded but when was the last time America was invaded?