Originally posted by aryaputhra
War is truly not cool. I read one members post that only God can save this world from war. I disagree there. War is mankind's creation, not God thus
stopping it is not God's priority.
Unfortunately humankind will find a million reasons why they engage in war, the basic essence of which is subjugation of will from one's point of
view to the other - by forceful means. That's all. Pity if only these very people could realise that the best way to achieve that is through winning
the trust of the said "enemy" and engaging with them.
"Thou shalt love thy enemy".
I sincerely hope the next US administration (whichever it is) does not actively persue war as a means to an end. In fact there will be no end to war
if one party percieves that the other's actions are unjustifiable, which I'm afraid has been the dominant policy of almost all western nations till
God, as revealed through Jesus Christ, taught mankind that, with God's help, each individual can overcome our innate selfishness and learn to love
one another as we love ourselves and even consider others more important than ourselves. Jesus Himself was willing to sacrifice Himself to save
others. If each of us in the world did this, there would never be another war ever again.
Unfortunately, this will not happen because the majority of the world does not know Jesus or His power to overcome our innate natures. There is also
a devil who is happy to influence people toward evil of all kinds. The book of Ephesians is very clear that we Christians fight not against flesh and
blood, though that is all we see, but rather we fight against the devil and his demons as they have influenced people with vulnerable souls around the
Many of those who follow humanistic philosophies will not believe what I have said. Since to many of them, there is no good and no evil. Therefore,
it is illogical to think that another country would take us or any other country out for their own ends. If we all sit down and talk, we can
understand and agree and war is NEVER necessary. The UN provides such a forum to discuss and resolve such issues, doesn't it?
The United Nations represented the best that humanistic philosophies about the goodness of people's hearts had to offer. The UN was supposed to
present a forum for all countries to understand each other. If all men are good and there is no absolute evil, then simply talking it all out would be
Except, we now find out that the UN's major players on the Security
Council were taking kickbacks in the BILLIONS!!! From Hussein and would
never have voted for war no matter what and would turn their backs on massive human suffering for their own ends. The best that humanists had
to offer in discussion has been found to be hopelessly corrupt. Wishing people to be good at the core does not make that so.
There never has been a world organization that offers a utopian forum
to resolve such issues and there never will be. We, I included, are described as having hearts from which pour all kinds of evil on our own and that
without Jesus help, we will never change. No wonder that most of the deployments of world-wide troops around the world are "peacekeeping" troops
whose mission is to keep people from killing each other from centuries of pent-up hatred.
Sometimes, in the Old Testament, God has ordered people and countries to make war as a judgement to eliminate the evil of a set of people that will
not follow Him. In the New Testament, in the age of grace given to us by Jesus, it is much more uncertain from the Bible when war is authorized and
approved by God. We are to love our enemies, but I do not know that that always means we stand by as they oppress other people. Engaging and
talking with some people simply will not always work. I do not believe that Saddam Hussein lowered people into tubs of acid because he came from a
broken home and that a little therapy would help. Some are so far gone that they only respond to force to mend their ways.
No one wants a just peace in the world more than I do...but I have seen too much to believe it will ever happen before Jesus comes to reign on Earth.
In fact, it will get worse, much worse, before He returns.