10 Questions About
God and War
By Steve Arterburn
and David Stoop
New Life Ministries
1. Does God choose sides? God is always on the side
of what is right because it is God who made up the rules about what
is right and what is wrong. He explains what is right in the Bible.
God doesnt change his mind about what is right and wrong. So,
even though it sometimes looks like God chooses sides, it is really
people who choose whether or not they will be on Gods side.
If someone little is being hurt or beat up by someone bigger, God
is on the side of protecting the little person who cant defend
himself. God wants people to be free, so when someone is taking away
another persons freedom, God is on the side of protecting freedom.
2. Why are there so many wars in the Bible? The Bible is a
book about real people and their countries. Since God is telling us
about these people, he tells us a lot of things about them, including
the wars they fought. As long as there have been people, there have
been misunderstandings, disagreements, fights and wars. The Bible
was written so we could see how God is involved in the lives of people
in all sorts of situations, including wars. Because we can see all
sides of people, their good sides as well as their bad sides, it helps
us learn right from wrong. It also helps us to know if we should fight
in a war and when a war is right.
3. Does God like war? No, God does not like war. God loves
all of us, no matter what side of the war we are on. And God doesnt
like to see people that he loves hurt each other. The Bible tells
us that one day God will make a new earth where there wont ever
be any more wars. When God makes this new earth, there wont
be war or weapons or pain or crying even the animals wont
fight with each other! We will all live together in peace and harmony.
But for now, we live in a world where things are not perfect. There
are some things that God allows us to do, even though he doesnt
4. Does God want freedom? Freedom is one of the most important
things to God. Thats why God lets us make choices. He even lets
us choose whether or not we will love him. God wants freedom for all
people and all countries, but he gives us the freedom to decide if
we want to enjoy his freedom or not. When someone or some country
has freedom and someone else tries to take it away from them, this
is called oppression. The Bible tells us that God does not want people
to be oppressed. God wanted freedom so much that he sent Jesus to
earth to help everyone find freedom from sin in their lives, even
if they live in a country that does not have freedom.
5. Why does God let war happen? God has given us the freedom
to choose whether we will do right or wrong. He has given everyone
that freedom because it is so important to our lives. When people
have freedom to choose, sometimes they make bad choices and that creates
wars. The Bible tells us that wars and fighting happen because of
the way people are inside. When people have greed and selfishness
in their hearts, they start a fight in order to get what isnt
theirs. Many times when this happens, others who see this wrong being
done will try to stop it by talking to the side that is doing the
wrong thing. But sometimes talking isnt enough to make the bully
stop doing bad things to other people. Thats when it may be
necessary to use force to stop a big bully from taking things that
arent his. When countries do this, it is called war. God doesn't
like war, but he lets it happen because he has given us freedom to
choose for ourselves even if our choice is to go to war.
6. Whom should we pray for? We should be praying for everyone
we care about. God tells us we can bring all of our cares and worries
to him because he cares for us. If we can give God all of our worries
and anxieties, we dont have to be so afraid. We should also
pray for all the people who are our leaders. We can ask God to give
them wisdom and courage so that they will do the right thing. We should
also pray for the enemy and for their leaders and their families.
We may not always feel like praying for our enemies, but God has asked
us to pray for them, and it is good for us to do that. We can pray
that they will be able to know what is right. We can also pray that
God will protect the families and the children in countries where
wars are being fought.
7. Does God love the enemy? God loves everyone in the whole
world. That means he loves the enemy even the enemy leaders
who are making people die. Just because God loves the enemy, though,
does not mean that he approves of the things they do when those things
are wrong. God can still love the enemy and make sure that there are
bad consequences for their bad behavior and good consequences for
their good behavior.
8. Im mad at God about war! Does that make God mad at
me? If you can say that you are mad at God about war, that is really
good, because it means that you know how you are feeling. God understands
our feelings, and if we are mad at him, it doesnt upset him.
All of us get mad at God sometimes. You know how you sometimes get
mad at Mom or Dad when you cant change things to be the way
you want them? Do we still love you when you are mad at us? Of course
we do. We love you even when you are angry at us, and God loves you
even when you are angry at him. Have you told God how you are feeling
about him and what you wish he would do to help you feel better? Why
dont you do that? Maybe it would help you and God to make up.
God knows that this is very hard for us to do, and that is why he
listens so carefully when we want to talk to him.
9. Does the Bible say when the world will end? No, the Bible
does not say when the world will end. Thinking about the end of the
world can be very scary. What do you think of when you hear people
talking about the world coming to an end? Actually, the Bible does
talk about the world coming to an end, but only so that we can have
the beginning of a better world. It will be a new world where everyone
is always safe, where there is no more war, no more sickness or death,
and no more sadness or crying. It will be a beautiful new world where
there is peace, and where people will always do what is right. In
the new world, all people will love God and each other. We dont
know exactly when the old world will end. Some people think it may
be soon because some of the signals that the Bible says will happen
seem like some of the things happening now. What we can be sure of
is that God tells us that we can hope for a new and better world to
come. He also says that we should live like it could be at any time.
But for each day, we are to live the best we can and love as much
as we can and be at peace as much as we can in this world.
10. Is it wrong if I dont want the world to end? Of
course not. Most of us feel the same way. There are some really nice
things about our world that all of us enjoy. Why dont you want
the world to end? Sometimes we can be afraid that too much is going
to change and we might lose all the people who love us. You dont
have to worry about that . We will take care of you; we arent
going to leave you alone. Neither is God. He promised that he will
always love us and stay with us and take care of us, no matter what
happens in this old world.
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