I am certainly grateful that most of the opinions expressed are the minority opinion in the US.
Well, we shall see come this November...I've seen a lot of "ANYBODY BUT BUSH IN 'O4" bumper stickers lately....
Would Christianity have survived to this day without this ["kill or be killed"] menatlity?
Seems to me Christianity did just fine
for itself while under periods of severe Roman persecution -- not only surviving, but growing, both in intensity and numbers.
Christ ministered to the Roman Centurians. He did not admonish them or tell them to stop serving Caesar.
True, though one can hardly make an argument from what Christ did not say. If I were to go that route, I could mention that Christ said to love your enemies, to pray for those who despitefully use you, who abuse you...period
In fact he even pointed out one Roman officer as having more faith than all those in Israel.
None of which has the slightest
to do with warfare.
In the Jewish tradition, killing an enemy in combat is nowhere near equal to comitting murder.
Wonderful. Shall we then defer to the Jewish tradition in terms of kids who backtalk (death), adultery (death), folks who wear cotton/polyester blend and have pepperoni and cheese pizza (can't be admitted to religious services)? We've moved on from the Jewish traditions.
Christ tells us to love our enemies...so what happens when we shower them with food and medical services and other aid...and they attack innocents?
In the case of this administration, apparently, they drop the fa+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âºade of supposed christian goodwill and invade. As I said before, Christ said to love your enemies, and left it at that
. Not, "love your enemies...but only initially, 'cause if they don't come around, well, you've gotta protect your interests, so..." :cwm1: