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09/10/2013

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The worst misapplication is when Christians themselves use OT wars to defend their own warfare. One thing missed by the article is the promise to Israel when they first reached the Promised Land. “The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just has he did for you in Egypt before your eyes” (Deut. 1:30 RSV).
HOW did God fight for them in Egypt? It was by miracle not by the sword.
"... The people even had an indication of what was to happen. A plague of hornets had been promised, and they knew from their own personal experiences in Egypt the power of a plague. But they refused to go in. The fitting punishment for this refusal was that those who had seen God’s power at work in Egypt would never enter."
from http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/30th-anniversary-chrisian-pacifism/

If you read the article you will see that the point is to clarify the differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament and the difference between theocratic Israel and the church. So I agree with you that the title, which is a stated objection of some unbelievers, has an inherent flaw. That is what is hashed out in the article.

The Title of the article is misleading as Christ was new testament thus christians did not exist in the old testament and it would not have been that belief under Christ waging those violent acts. That said Forcing your faith is also misleading and a term bounced about in these modern times. No christian in 2013 by telling about his faith in christ or even by objecting to something in society is forcing his faith. Last I checked this was a free society where we are suppose to be able to speak hence why many faiths are allowed to speak and worship here. Also we have people who do not believe in a God at all and they to are allowed to speak, protest, vote... Christians share their belief because of it's core value which is Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. But they are not suppose to sit around and allow sin to take place with out saying something hence Jesus turning over tables in the Temple. Calling people Vipers and empty shells. The Message of Christianity is love because God wants all who sin to repent which means (turn away from sin) Jesus when he forgave the woman who was about to be stoned did not say ok go back to what you were doing. He said go and sin no more... The idea that a person can not speak what he or she feels is right or wrong goes against freedom of speech for anyone not christians alone. If someone doesn't like what someone is saying they to can speak. They to can protest. They as well can vote. The problem is as I see it, that people do not want to confront their sin and thus want to kill the messenger. The other term used often in the modern word is your not supposed to judge me. That applies to hypocritical actions as well as point sin out with out love for the person. The Bible clearly gives many examples of noticing someone was doing something wrong and saying something. Hence the verse Bad company corrupts good Morals is a warning and in order for us to observe that we would have to know someone was bad company. Basically the end game is God wants none to be lost and wishes everybody could be saved... saved from themselves. Just my observations, opinions, and thoughts here.

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