That the conservatives laud military service is consistent with their emphasis on closely related flesh-and-blood family and monetary and material prosperity.
The self-styled conservative Christians have a penchant for violence as the solution. This is despite the clear and plain Christian commands to the contrary. If you do not love that contrary commandment, you do not love Jesus, for Jesus said the following:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 6:38-39).
For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matthew 26:52). [directed at the Zealots]
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. (John 8:7).
When has America ever turned the other cheek? How many Americans have died in wars? How many people of the other nations of the world have been killed due to wars? How many more must die before they learn? How many times has America punished people to death, casting the proverbial stone? How many people has America killed beginning with the aboriginal peoples of the continent of North America?
You will note that when Jesus said, "Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also," he did not qualify it with the word "sometimes" or any other qualifier. He did not say, "Unless you conclude that it would be just to go to war against him." He made a blanket statement covering every situation. Violence is completely forbidden in Christianity. It may be difficult for people to overcome their urge to fight back, but if they want to be real Christians, they have no option. All attempts to excuse violence by Christians are rationalizations and evil.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. (Psalm 46:9).
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4).
Can the militarists around the whole world stand corrected or are they too stiff-necked for their own good? It is great to be corrected. It is the best thing. We speak from personal experience.
But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction. (Jeremiah 17:23).
Wake up! How plain does it have to be? Even for those who cannot read, they can understand it if it is communicated to them. How long will the excuses go on? Not long. It will not be allowed.
The conservatives in America lauded Ronald Reagan for saying to Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Well, Mr. president George W. Bush, and all leaders to follow, beat America's weapons into plowshares and pruning hooks, do not ever lift up the sword against any other nation again, destroy all the war schools and courses, and teach all the nations of the world to do the same. Do everything consistent with these things, and you will become a true child of God and not before.
Mr. Reagan's conservative administration's strategy of spending the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under the table via a new arms race was hatched long before Reagan got into power. It was to provide what was called a peace dividend. Where is it? The militarists did not want one. Their stock portfolios in the war machine would have gone down. Material prosperity for their close genetic relatives and themselves is too important to them to have any peace dividend spread across the planet. Egotistical control is too important.
When the USSR collapsed, these tendencies could be seen. The militarists are glad to have the new boogeyman: The amorphous terrorist. Now their war-profits are way up. They are glad for the war. They promote the war as pride in country and support for the troops. How will anyone ever know when those labeled as terrorists are no longer? The jackboot-spirited can manufacture a perceived threat in the minds of the people through the corporate media nearly indefinitely.
Oh, this saying "support the troops" is so sinister. They are asking Christians to lend moral support to war. It cannot be done. No Christian can lend moral support to military soldiers in their violent efforts. It does not make any difference what the militarists claim is their cause. Christians can only support pacifism. It is the teaching of Christ: Turn the other cheek. It takes a long time for some to learn what that means. It takes a long time for many to learn to overcome the habit of using violence to resist violence. It must be done however. That is the calling. It is the only way to peace. Peace does not come by way of war. War comes by way of war. Heaven cannot be coerced. Those who support war are against Jesus. They are not Christians.
Some conservatives with more sensible leanings talk about winning the peace; however, they always assume falsely that this must come on the heels of war. What the world must learn is to win the peace, which means no war. This can only be done through teaching and exemplifying love, peace, mercy, compassion, truth, sharing, giving, justice, and all the rest of the good. It cannot be done through war. The only thing war should ever have done is teach us never to go to it. They do not understand that war is about genetics and money. It is not to protect the spirit of light. It is not about magnifying the spirit of light. It is darkness. There is no brightness in it. How dull are people? How selfish are they to not recognize their own uncontrolled lusts even when they are told directly and in no uncertain terms?
When will they stop lying to themselves and others about war? War is never justified. Deuteronomy says, "To me belongeth vengeance." (Deuteronomy 32:35). Satan is the destroyer of worlds. Jesus came to save the world. If all vengeance is left exclusively up to God, if people do not take it upon themselves but rather repent, all will be forgiven, saved, and redeemed. It is the revelation. Why is it hidden from so many? It is so plain, so clear. Why must the hardhearted make it so that the righteous-leaning have to bear so much and persevere through so much?
So why write all of this if it is going to be that way? For souls right now to be better enabled to head in the right direction and for the souls yet to come into this world is why. So that they will see as clearly and plainly as possible and know that the prophecy truly came from God and that they may be freed, that is why. It is for the sake of the resurrection of the just, the earnestly repentant, and the little innocent ones. Take away the sins of the world. It is never futile to aid in the saving of even just one soul.
Military strength is the reward of evil
The self-styled conservative Christians hold militarism in such high esteem, because they think it guarantees them a stronghold for their flesh-and-blood and their accumulated wealth. They think it protects them from the power of evil, putting their nests out of reach. This is all consistent with their confused interpretation of the revelation of Jesus. They rationalize by insisting that their military strength is a gift of God and not the reward of evil that will devour them.
Many confuse the Constitution of the United States of America and Declaration of Independence with scripture. Many look to the Old Testament and secular history of wars as their guide rather than looking to the New Testament to shed light upon the Old. They see the wars of America as a continuation of the warring struggles of the Jews in the Old Testament. However, the New Testament makes clear that war is an apostate condition.
True, Christians are the elect of God; however, the future Jewish remnant is still earmarked of God for redemption through Jesus Christ. Again:
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10).
Some imagine that the Son of man coming again will be Jesus with a physical sword in his hand spilling blood and destroying men's lives just as the Old Testament Jews thought the Messiah would lead a mighty violent uprising putting down the dominant Gentiles. When the wrath came upon the false Jews in A.D. 64-73, it was the evil of the Roman Empire inflicting punishment upon many Hebrews who had brought it upon themselves for having failed to heed the warnings of the prophets and having murdered the one whom the prophets had pointed to, Jesus.
The Roman Empire, in turn, was punished for its own doings. Every empire has been punished for its doings. Every empire of selfishness will continue to be punished for its selfish doings. What is best for the whole of God's kingdom will prevail, despite the unwillingness of some humans to understand.
It needs to be that the devil is allowed by God for the time that it takes for humanity to learn and be purged in flesh and spirit on earth and in the hereafter. The truth speaks and warns and yet men turn on men. "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations." (Revelation 19:15). That sword does not come out of the mouth of the devil. The devil does not warn men not to turn on each other. The devil is hypocritical. The devil is a liar. Hypocrisy and lies insure war. Men turn on men despite the sharp consequences of rejecting the truth. The environment turns on men. These things happen to the mightiest of those who do not repent; therefore, change and be reconciled with God.
In the Book of Jonah as has been mentioned, God turns from doing "evil" to the people, because the people turned from evil in time upon hearing God's warning to them given them through Jonah (Jonah 3:10). Most people have a difficult time comprehending how God, who is love, can allow evil especially to the innocent. The Book of Jonah is scripture. It says that God was going to inflict evil. Jesus said, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18). How may one reconcile all of this?
Jesus explained that the hard laws of Moses were due to the hard hearts of that generation. So too the term "evil" in Jonah is to be recognized for those who could not yet grasp the revelation of Jesus including the prophets before him. How could they? The very revelation of Jesus means that what Jesus revealed was new on earth. The fact that something marvelous and terrible was coming and that it would mean tribulation, destruction, and salvation was written about and described, but the exact details of cutting through all the hypocrisy and arriving at perfect justice was not known. Is not that the crux of the matter? Jonah did not know how to separate God from evil doings. Jesus did though, and he did it perfectly right down to his own human, troubled soul.
When will they ever learn? Repentance, which includes atonement, leads to forgiveness (God's greater mercy) and reconciliation (the opposite of apostasy). Militarism, genetics over spirit, money lust, and other evils lead into apostasy that is away from God.
In the teachings of Jesus, even the defensive is offensive. You must combine in understanding the concepts of turning the other cheek and that there must be offenses such as war and that grief will ultimately come to the one who goes to war even in what is commonly thought of as self-defense.
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:39).
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Matthew 18:7).
This is the spirit of the law that results from carrying the mundane law out to its logically implied conclusion. Those who turn the other cheek do not bring the offenses. Offenses are not needed for them. They have already learned. They have already learned not to inflict offenses including in the form of so-called defense.
Now there are those who wish to stop the implication short of implicating their sin in warring. That is self-serving on their part. They cannot bring themselves to love God more than the flesh-and-blood of their own family members they seek to protect even though no matter what happens to their family members, if those family members are in the spirit, God will take care of their eternal souls and those family members would never want anyone to lose his or her soul protecting their mere and weak flesh from evil. Strange as it may seem to many, it would have been a sin to stop the crucifixion of Jesus by violence against the Pharisees and Romans. Jesus would not have wanted it. That was so we can stand at this point with a clear decision to make and the prophecy will continue unfolding.
For so many, they wish to focus solely upon the small stumbling blocks and not also on the weightier matters such as wars, starvation, and pandemics. Those are the conservatives. They are the opposite of the liberals who often want to focus on the weightier matters without also considering the consistent implications in their own smaller personal circles. For the conservatives, to focus upon the weightier matters would implicate them for not stepping out front to say, woe to the world that will not heed the great, weightiest commandment that in no uncertain terms precludes war. They cannot truly love God while hating the truth that war is a racket and hell and those who wage it are acting as the host of hell on earth. They have rationalized sinfully to fall prey to the animalistic spirit of certain lower forms—the beasts that, without sin, brutally devour each other. The nature of the lion must be tamed within to lie down with the lamb. Isaiah knew that. It came to him from God. What did not come to him was how to get there. That came with Jesus and the Holy Spirit if we all will only see it.
The difference between God and Satan may be understood through all of this. The difference may be understood in terms of the difference in intentions and results. Satan (evil) leads people astray from what God wants of people. Satan is the great tempter, tester. Satan tempts people into rebellion against the oneness, the wholesomeness, the healing, that lies in godliness. Satan says to put self first. Satan says put your close genetic relatives above the spirit of righteousness. Satan says have it all now through selfishness, excessive lust in all its forms: Money, physical fighting, sex, and on and on. Satan says fight for what you want. Satan says to hell with the poor; they are riffraff. Satan epitomizes elevating self above God and to the point of believing that all power rests in self due to self alone, even though self is, and has been, dependant upon God. Satan tests whether people will fall for believing lies or not. He says you can have it all if you will worship him. Caving into this, one begins to have delusions of being God, meaning there is not God and then self in God but rather there is no other god but self as individual. The deluded begins to see him or herself as all controlling of all that is controllable and eventually responsible for all that is.
Yet, God on the other hand is merciful or wrathful (has been characterized as such, for allowing the devil's consequences that is allowing people to fall down on account of the devil's temptations) depending upon the just deserts of humans living and dead. God's way of allowing humans free choice allows rebellion or willfulness to be punished by the rebellious and willful. When we all learn to stop, it will end for all. Until then, each must endure until the end. This is not out of sadism or masochism on God's part. Attributing those illnesses (unwholenesses) to God is simply human lack of comprehension.
God is waiting for humans to comprehend the connection between the satanic (rebellion against real unity that is love and truth as one) and necessary evil consequences. The rebellion forestalls the blessings of the real liberty that comes of righteousness. God sees to it that there is cause and effect for human arrogance, carelessness, and the rest of folly. God teaches and warns and makes right. Those who heed the word in time and persevere are in the end spared, redeemed, and delivered. This is justice. There is no better design comprehensible to human beings, because there is no better design possible. It is impossible to think of a better design than God's. Whatever is the best design is God's by definition. God is the best designer. Only humans misconceive of what God's design truly is. That is why they become confused, angry, and vengeful toward God. They misconstrue and sell God short. They lack faith in the justice in the end and the justice that is the means to that end.
The prophet speaks justly. He teaches righteousness. He warns. He has no choice.
If the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. (Ezekiel 33:6).
Therefore, blow the trumpet. Sound the alarm. Shed the light on real safety and security. Those who truly teach against evil are those who do the good deeds (exemplify) and warn of the signs of the times through the testimony of Jesus Christ: The spirit of prophecy. They have no choice but to reach out to all who choose to listen, hear, look, see, heed, and do likewise. They want no other choice. Of course they would rather there were no evil. But evil exists now, and people who love, warn people away from the danger. Those teachers and doers do not cause others to fail no matter what happens to them at the hands of evil. They help prepare people to persevere through to the end under even the most horrendous evil visitations. They help make the people aware of the choice that the people may accept or reject at their own peril. The real teachers will have done what is right and true.
The prophet speaks so that more will learn to hear and heed, repent, and atone that is make amends.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. (Matthew 5:2).
In other words, hear the truth of those who have just complaints. Change accordingly. However, where complaints are false and designed to persecute, turn the other cheek. Don't cave into denying God or Jesus.
Take up your cross. Be joyful at the lifting of oppression, but do not be wrathful. Call for mercy and forgiveness on all sides. Blessed are the peacemakers. In the final analysis, evil is solely responsible for bringing punishment. In addition to war and other evil punishments people inflict upon one another, the creation itself is turned upon those who fail to heed. The earth vomits them out. God's actions that are considered evil to the short-sighted are seen for the justice that they are in the end. One finally receives what one deserves. Evil inflicts evil until the last farthing is paid.
Leave the binding and unleashing of Satan's devouring wrath to the measuring rod of divine truth, because perfect justice and perfect instruction must be meted out by that which is perfect. Only one is good enough to mete out perfect justice and that is God who is the truth. "And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." (Mark 10:18). Yet, God judges no man. Can you reconcile this? It is amazing!
Now, the so-called Christian conservatives in America and elsewhere are warned to heed and turn from their lust that is their current system. They are warned to turn from lauding military service and worldly monetary and material prosperity. They are warned to rather turn to lauding peace that is free and joyful giving and sharing of all with all and not just with closely related flesh-and-blood family. Woe to those who hear and yet continue to rebel.
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