We have already demonstrated in a previous lesson how that the love of money is the root of all evil, and we may also include in this category the reasons for war ! But before this gets to sounding like a personal opinion let's go see what the Bible has to say about it, shall we ?
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. " (James 4:1-3)
We can see that the origins of war is a lust for power and acquisitions. This then becomes a spiritual problem, a disease of the soul, a reflection of what permiates the very being. And the world has been plagued by it almost right from the beginning. Even Heaven itself is not impervious to it, as Jesus said, " And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force ." (Mt 11:12) As long as the devil and his mignions are still unleashed we will have war, and death, and suffering at the hands of those who follow the doctrine of force.
Our warfare, however, is not of the physically violent type, for we do not fight for the kingdoms of this world but rather for the kingdom of God and it's establishment in the hearts of men everywhere. " For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; " (2Cor 10:4) Ours is a war of the spirit to loose the minds of those that have been kept in bondage by lies and misconceptions of truth and morality. Our weapons are not physical and destructive, our weapon is the Word of God which is geared to bring life and love and happiness to those that accept it. Below is copied out the 15th Psalm, which describes what kind of person will be admitted to God's house, His Kingdom.
1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. "
This is a far cry from those who would perpetrate war and destruction on others for none other purpose than to bolster their own pockets or power base. Although, as long as we are on this earth, there will be those that will wage war on others. It is not until the coming of the final kingdom of Christ when all of this pain and destruction will cease and give place to where the Lord will wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there will be true justice and liberty for all who have chosen to be a partaker of it.
Too often those who claim to be Christian are the ones who perpetrate these wars believing that they have some God-given right to decide who lives and who doesn't. And just because another country may be of a different culture and religious conviction they are treated as though their lives are somehow not as important and that their soul is somehow less worthy of God's blessing. These who purport themselves to harm others in the name of Christ had better beware. Once Jesus was asked by some of His disciples if they should call down fire from heaven and destroy some people and what do you suppose He had to say about it ? The story:
" And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them... "
" Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of " was the answer. Obviously, they had the wrong attitude, and the Lord set them straight on what we, as Christians, are here for .... to save lives not destroy them. Think of that the next time you hear someone claim to be "Christian" as he goes off to kill and cause pain and suffering to another. Will you be a lover of peace and of God's ways or one who mongers ( a person who attempts to stir up or spread something that is usually petty or discreditable - Webster's ) on war and those who wage it ?
" Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. " (Mt 7:20)
"The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul ." (Pro 29:10)
"Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife ." (Pro 30:33)