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Is God concerned with our wars?

In the Old Testament God is often portrayed as taking sides in battle. Is this an accurate depiction of God, or do you think it is a mask for mans struggle for power and domination?

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Asked by logansmomma2007 at 9:15 AM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I think that most people in war like to believe that god is on their side.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:28 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • God is concerned. Nothing happens without his decree.

    Answer by Aasiyah at 11:28 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • God is definately concerned with every aspect of our lives. Even in war. i guess the question is, what are we fighting for? is it a Godly reason, to protect our Godgiven rights as people, as believers, as a human being? or is it for domination, control, to be the one on top?? I think that motives come into play in every aspect of our lives including war.....

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Either or. We'll never really know until we die and meet him :-)

    For example, when you look at the Bible in the original Hebrew, when David was first proclaimed as political King (after being annointed King by God and Sammuel earlier), he is recorded as "prince" in the original language. Despite God's proclaimation that David was to be king, they used the word "prince" to almost deny him his full power at that point in history. We can try to guess why. Could it be because they were once a Theocracy and were hesitant to change to a rule-by-man government? Well, they were demanding a king so that's doubtful. Was it because he was the 8th, seemingly unimportant son of Jesse and a Shepherd? Quite possibly. Them recording him as "prince" in that one instance in the Bible when God annointed him as King could have been the author's way of asserting his control over David's title in history.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:45 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • We also see the author's opinions shining through in other instances in the Bible. Look at the book of Hosea. Hosea was a moody, poet of a prophet who was married to a wife who did not love him and prostituted herself. He sees Isreal's disobedience toward's God and takes its unfaithfulness personally. He cries out to God against Ephraim asking him to kill their infants, women and children (a metaphor for extinction) and uses other female metaphors. When we read further, we see God's actual words, AFTER Hosea is done ranting of his promise to love and protect Ephraim as an adopted child.

    Annnyway.....Were there some wars God may have "supported" (for lack of a better word). Yes. There were people who meant harm towards God's people and they needed to defend themselves. Were some wars and acts of violence attributed to God by the people and authors? I believe that is possible too.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:49 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • As for our wars, I believe we are all God's children and that anything about any of us concerns him. I would not exactly say that he takes sides but rather keeps his eye on each of us as individuals.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:50 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • OT time vs. today (NT time) is quite different in the main fact that we are in a time of grace. War is not something that God is calling His people to anymore. In OT time, the majority of the first wars was to establish the Israilite into the Promised Land. The people who lived in those lands were a very wicked and evil people (that is putting it mildly) and there are a few thories as to the genetics of this group (some theorize that demons impregnated human women) but none-the-less, it was an evil that had to be totally wiped out. The other wars would be for self defence. For us today, we are not called to go about wiping out entire nations of people but we are not to sit by and be destroyed either. War is a necessity to survival and wars will only increase. The world is growing more and more evil, more and more like those people in OT times that were wiped out. When the time comes, God will end it once and for all.

    Answer by MyBelovedOnes at 1:04 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • To continue (I ran out of room)......Does God support America in the war on terror? In some aspects yes. Again, we can not reason with evil and we can not sit back and be taken over. But, there are aspects no doubt that God does not support. All we can do is pray for our country, pray for our men and women fighting for us, and pray for our leaders that they will make the best decisions. For He says that, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, turning from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and heal their land." That is all that ANY of us need do. In time, it will be seen who God truly supports.

    Answer by MyBelovedOnes at 1:08 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Another thought, just because some war was/is called a Holy War does not make it such. Many wars through history fought in the name of God were far from Him at all.

    Answer by MyBelovedOnes at 1:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • i wanted to say.. that God gives the victory to whom he wills.. for whatever wisdom he has... So some would say well why would god give the victory to people who do not beleive in him or who do not fight for his cause. Well the answer to that is that it is within his wisdom. He is the knower of everything. He knows what we do not know. Allah says in the Quran what is translated to mean...

    Al-Baqarah - 2:216
    Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh's Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know. (Al-Baqarah 2:216)

    Answer by Aasiyah at 1:32 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

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