When God Commands War

 

The issue of war is a heavy one. Yet we are constantly faced with the evils of this world and we are confronted with violence on micro and macro levels. In the Scriptures we find commands to love one another, even our enemies. We are also told to turn the other cheek as we read about the apostles who faced martyrdom and all kinds of oppression and yet seemingly didn’t fight back or lead an armed charge against these injustices they were enduring.  Yet, we also find in Scripture some pretty massive occasions of war and violence, sometimes even commanded by God himself. So how do we view this topic? Is the reality of Holy War in the Bible a problem for us Christians and how should we think and talk about this issue? Dr. Heath Thomas sheds some light on this very controversial issue…

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