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There are two ways to approach that commandment. Either it is absolute or it is relative: it can either refer to all of human life, or some subset of human life. Clearly it cannot be the former as the Torah also allows for the death penalty (before anyone tries to argue, "but Christ says..." or "but the woman caught in adultery..." I will counter that the ...


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God's plan had very little to do with the tactics employed. Indeed, God's purpose in downsizing Gideon's army was specifically to de-emphasize the role of man in the conflict. To wit, Judges 7:2 states: The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own ...


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Just because there is no explicit prohibition on a thing does not mean that the Bible "endorses it." Unwritten Expectations There is, for example, to the best of my knowledge, no biblical prohibition cannibalism. Possibly it wouldn't fall under definition of kosher, but it is at best ambiguous! In spite of this, the author of the text rightfully expects ...


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Pretty much, No. In general, most Christians reject any idea of coercion in regards to "spreading the faith." Orthodoxy (from Orthos meaning right, and doxa meaning belief) is typically considered more important. No less a luminary than Martin Luther, in commenting on Romans 12:1, for example, wrote: “Paul does not say: I command you; for he is ...


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Robert Spencer, who is one of the leading Christian authors on Islam has a fascinating insight into the crusades in this video - The Crusades, Fact & Truth. The Crusades have a bad reputation, because, as Spencer explains, Westerners have a healthy attitude of self-criticism. Such self-criticism is completely absent in Islam. Spencer points out that it ...


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In the Bible one of the 10 Commandments says "Thou Shalt Not Kill". However the belief is based on many other references too. Quakers also refuse to swear oaths, on the basis that they always tell the truth and will not swear in God's name or any other. The Quakers formed unarmed pacifist units to supply relief to refugees and ambulances to drive in ...


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If we go by direct statement, no, the Bible never explicitly states women should serve in active combat. However, as Affable points out, there are plenty of things Scripture doesn't condemn directly that we can assume are wrong by using principles based on extrapolation of direct statements and precedent, in a legal sense. And since the question asked "or ...


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If you read a bit further on, you see that this particular group of Nephites--known as the Ammonites after Ammon, who converted them to the Gospel--was exceptional. The Ammonites made this covenant to bury their weapons and never take them up again as part of their repentance for past sins before they accepted the gospel, and the rest of the Nephite nation ...


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Our own wickedness is the cause of the wickedness around the world. Personal fasting is a sign of personal repentance that, it is hoped, will lead God to mitigate similar evils in the world. Pope Francis said this: “We will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each ...


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Latter-day Saints abide the law of the land in which they live; honorably answering a call when conscripted for military service is part of this belief. Volunteer military service is also respected as a way of serving one's country. Latter-day Saints should live in accordance with the revealed will of the Lord and according to their own conscience. Latter-...


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For one of Jehovah's Witnesses to be disfellowshipped, there must be evidence of two things: They have committed a serious sin (1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19-21) They are unrepentant about it (Acts 26:20; Deut. 21:20, 21) In the case of joining the military, the person would be putting themselves in a situation where they're much more likely to commit the ...


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Wikis has answered you question quite accurately since you asked for Biblical backup for any conclusions, and he has given you everything that is definitive in the Bible. There are however; several things which are inferred, but are not set in stone. As to the time frame; if you want to call it that, for the war in heaven there are some clues which we can ...


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Yes, there was / is / will be a war in heaven, as described in Revelation 12:7-9: Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient snake called the devil, or Satan, who ...


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The paramilitary organisations did not hold particular theological positions and members were not, in general, especially pious. They were, for the most part, members or adherents of their respective churches. For Protestants this was mainly Presbyterian and Anglican. Religious background, as a proof of allegiance and a guard against infiltration, was ...


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Pacifism was huge in traditional Quakerism, to the point that their home countries (particularly England, where they started) would often get a bit angry with the Quakers for failing to participate in their wars. However, over time, Quakerism as a whole has gotten much more liberal (relative to their starting-point, mind you), and it has become ...


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By the end of the first millenium the Turks, who held control of the Holy Land for four centuries, began to demonstrate a renewed aggression towards non-Muslims. Pilgrims to what are still considered the holiest places in Christianity were being molested and, as the Byzantine empire was not sufficiently strong to stop it (and, in fact, they were showing ...


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It's not the fasting that affects violent situations in the Middle East, it's what God leads you to do next. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that helps you focus on God. It's a sacrifice that underscores the seriousness of your prayers. Hunger reminds you to pray and meditate. God responds to prayer by guiding you to actions that you can take to help. You ...


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I am a Quaker, and as such am regarded in our denomination as a voluntary minister. Quakers do not have any laid down doctrines, creeds, or rules which we must follow. The majority of Quakers do not believe in violence of any kind for any reason. A basic Quaker belief, which was quoted above, is that there is "that of God within everyone", and therefore ...


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Not being able to read God's mind I cannot answer your question as to what his plan was, but I will tell you why I believe he did it. God told the Israelites that if they would serve him he would give them the ability to overcome 100 to 1 odds. Lev 26:7 through 9 KJV 7 And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. ...


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This seems to be a chapter title from The Recognitions of Clement Book IV: Chapter XXXIII.—The Weakest Christian More Powerful Than the Strongest Demon. ”Is it, then, that we are of another and a superior nature, and that therefore the demons are afraid of us? Nay, we are of one and the same nature with you, but we differ in religion. But if you will ...


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I am a Quaker son of Quaker parents, and both my father and I served in the U.S. military. Reconciling a belief in pacifism with service in an armed force is, like many other decisions, a question which can only be answered by the individual upon communing with the Light Within. My father served three years in the Air Force because there was a draft and he ...


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All official statements of the Vatican from 1909 to the present are recorded in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS). Performing the following Google search on the PDFs of the AAS volumes: Ustaše OR Ustashe OR Ustashas OR Ustashi OR Ustaša inurl:http://www.vatican.va/archive/aas/documents/ reveals that the AAS volumes have not mentioned the Ustaše. See also ...


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The church has always held that the constitution and the rights established therein are inspired by god including the right to bear arms. As for the BYU-Idaho comment, it is an institution of higher education they can establish what rules they deem necessary to keep their student body safe it was not a statement of the LDS beliefs. Other non-religious and ...


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This obviously doesn't get into the difficulty for a service member to actually get out of the service in any rapid way, even for the repentant JW. However, through my studies and conversations with JWs, I believe a JW would be kicked out and shunned for joining the military, repentant or not. Since WT doctrine says politics, and any association to it ...


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"Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." -- James 4:7 Not close at all in the wording you're looking for, but the principle it conveys lines up. Personally, I've always found this to be one of the most astonishing and wonderful statements in all of scripture. You resist -- Satan flees. Wow.


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The issue of 'double agent' is a furphy, but the question raises a significant issue in more practical instances. The Church Father Augustine was a proponent of 'unqualified absolutism'. Norman L. Geisler says, in Christian Ethics, page 82, Augustine said that one must never commit a great crime of one’s own in order to avoid someone else's greater crime. ...


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In 1918, the Southern Baptist Convention produced a Resolution on Chaplains that called on the US Congress to abolish chaplaincy and allow denominations to serve soldiers independently: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, By the Southern Baptist Convention assembled, [...] that the Congress of the United States be memorialized to consider the propriety and ...


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The Philistines had disarmed the Israelites to prevent rebellion. Gill's Exposition on 1 Sam. 13:19, "Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel,.... The Philistines, when they ruled over them, having removed them into their own country, and forbid any to learn or exercise that trade in Israel: for the Philistines said, lest ...


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President Ngo Dinh Diem was a Catholic and brother of the traditionalist Catholic Archbishop Thuc. Diem governed according to Catholic principles, even legislating laws more in accordance with Catholic teaching. He was one of the several assassinated by the CIA coup right before the Vietnam War began. Some consider Diem a martyr much as some French consider ...


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Jeremiah (who was active between 626 and 586 B.C.) made this prophecy about the descendants of Jacob: “These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah... ‘How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it... I will surely save you out of a distant place, your ...


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