"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
“Anyone who studies the Holy Scriptures in a more extensive manner comes to realize that the Bible in many instances countenances the act of war. Even Christ said that if his kingdom were of this age (our present time period), his servants would fight to preserve him and his ruler ship from being jeopardized or harmed (John 18:36). God also commanded in a precise way that Israel had to war against the Canaanites — and this included their extermination as a people (Deuteronomy 20:10-18). In the final chapters of the Book of Revelation we find Christ himself warring against the world powers who will then be in a belligerent and hostile stance to him (Revelation 19:11.21). These references reveal that Christ could not be considered a pacifist. In spite of his wonderful teachings that advocate love and tranquility among men, we find that Christ does not justify the actions of evil men. He expresses his wrath against them with wars, natural disasters and powerful judgments. In his retributions, Christ not only sanctions war (when he approves or commands it), but he actively encourages his servants to fight when the time arrives (John 18:36). Certainly, Christ Jesus was no pacifist in any of his teachings.
The writings of the Bible show that God acknowledges that the killing of people is justifiable as long as it accords with His wishes. One of God’s ways of executing judgment is by the sword (Matthew 10:34). Though God specifically taught in the Ten Commandments that the Israelite should not kill (Exodus 20:13), a few verses further on He ordered the execution of persons who committed capital crimes (Exodus 21:14-17). This indicates that the command “Thou shalt not kill” refers only to illegal killing (that is, murder, or the like). This allowance to execute criminals for capital crimes was also shown by the apostle Paul. He said that even Gentile governments had divine authority to use the sword against evil doers (Romans 13:1-4). When the word “sword” is used in Scripture it is not used in a limited sense such as pricking the skin to give superficial pain. It means to use the sword as an instrument of authority, even if it results in the death of the criminal. “And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword” (Revelation 6:8). Paul said that the Christian should submit to the dictates of the government (as long as those commands, of course, do not violate biblical principles). “For he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:4).” read more: here
The is an excellent article for anyone wanting to understand what God, through the Bible, tell us about fighting ‘war’ and ‘killing.’
I’ve listened to and read many, many misguided Christians who are against all war, against “self-defense”, against Capital Punishment sorely because they have been misguided and mislead, if ever taught at all, on what God through the Bible teaches. It’s a profound mistake to believe that “Thou shall not kill” includes self-defense or that capital punishment is therefore forbidden and wrong. Neither are wrong or forbidden in the Word.
The word “kill” used in the 6th Commandment, means “murder”. “The original Hebrew, lo tirtsah., is very clear, since the verb ratsah. means ‘murder,’ not ‘kill.’ here “ God our Creator, is much smarter and wiser than any human being . . . He is fully aware of the sin nature of man and the necessity of self-defense as well as the State legally putting people to death.
We have to start from a basic understanding of good and evil — fighting for ‘good’ against the ‘evil’. War is and always has been an unwanted necessity. The Jews were told how to ‘war’ against their enemies, and most of those enemies, were tribes, groups and people who rejected the true God, in lieu of one of their own making. God told the Jews to kill them — men, woman, children and animals. No hostage, no slaves, no trinkets or gold. You must destroy your enemy’s desire to fight you.
In 1 Samuel 15:2-3, God commanded Saul and the Israelites, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'” God ordered similar things when the Israelites were invading the promised land (Deuteronomy 2:34; 3:6; 20:16-18). Why would God have the Israelites exterminate an entire group of people, women and children included? This is honestly a very difficult issue. We do not fully understand why God would command such a thing, but at the same time we trust God that He is just – and recognize that we are incapable of fully understanding a sovereign, infinite, and eternal God. As we look at difficult issues such as this one, we have to remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9; Romans 11:33-36). We have to be willing to trust God and have faith in Him even when we do not understand His ways.” Read more: here
Do we think we’re smart, kinder or more compassion than God? Evidently, many people do! Most are probably unbelievers who have no spiritual ability of understanding, but way too many have been poorly taught or have come to these conclusions on their own false deductions.
I will restate that I don’t think ‘waterboarding’ is “torture” although it must be extremely unpleasant (here ) — I don’t mind making a terrorist feel unpleasantness that will stop in time, with no physical harm! Again, the fact is, what war must do, to be successful, is to end your enemies desire to fight you. But American has become a nation lead by wooses, who want to conduct war without death, without killing the enemy where he lives and certainly without “collateral damages”. We can’t win understand those conditions.
America used an atomic bomb and ended the war with Japan — the Japanese ‘got their mind straight’ and have been on our ally list, ever since. Men, woman, children and animals were no doubt killed, but war is ugly, harsh and people die, by necessity. This is why we must have a through understanding of ‘good’ and ‘evil’. America has been one of the ‘good’ countries, fighting evil, sending Americans into Europe to fight the evils of the Hitler regime and into Vietnam to fight communism. But Liberalism and Democrats decried that war and made America lose, out of their false compassion and understanding of ‘good’.
These are distinctions worth noting. That America is the ‘good guy’ . . . . but one rejected by Liberals, Progressives, Socialist, Communist, anti-Americans and — the Democrat Party.