Another Question About Christianity...

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by liberalogic, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. liberalogic
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    While I still disagree with many opinions held by those of the Christian right, I have to say that the last few threads have allowed me to understand that perspective a bit better.

    Here's a question that has troubled me, though, for a while. Christianity is based on compassion, love, and all of the other beautiful ideas that Christ preached. With that said, how can Christians rectify the use of war under any circumstances if they are truly followers of Christ? I heard that when George Bush was asked if he consulted his father (41), he responded by saying, "I consulted with a higher father." What I find as hypocritical here, is that he uses the name of God for social purposes (sanctity of marriage, abortion, stem cells, etc.), but then he claims that God supported his decision to go to war. I don't see the connection here-- does anyone have any ideas to make sense out of this?
     
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    So your question is how can a Christian support a war?
    I don't think they do---but it's either that or sit back and watch a group of assassins murder everyone.
     
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    Their strategy is to claim that they talk to God, therefore negating the need to follow the precepts of the religion. Maybe they really think they talk to God?

    God made the rules supposedly, so if God tells you to go against them, that's OK.
     
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    The terrorist talk to God and don't follow the teachings in the koran? Your losing me here .
     
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    If Bush claims to talk to God and Osama Bin Laden claims to talk to God they are both making the same claim.

    If we don't accept that the terrorists are talking to God we shouldn't accept it from the leader of the most advanced country in the history of the world. If he wants to think he's talking to God, fine, but he should keep it to himself and make his argument in favor of the war based on reason. If he must resort to appealing to the supernatural to justify his actions, that's weak. We need strong leadership.
     
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    He's done a lot more than talk to God on this one. Your argument is what's weak.
     
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    Funny. I don't remember President Bush telling the world that his reason for going after OBL and SH was that God told him to.

    Guess I missed that press conference.
     
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    Read the first post in this thread. It was news at the time.
     
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    OR.....people may pray to god for wisdom since we as humans dont' always know the right answers even if we follow religious doctrine.
     
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    No...wrong.

    The President did not tell the American people that God told him to do this.

    He said he talked with God..guidance; Am I doing the right thing, etc.

    Huge difference.
     

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