(Closed) War and Christianity

posted 6 years ago in Christian
  • poll: Are you Christian/Non-Christian? Which best fits your opinion on war?
    I'm a Christian. I believe war is morally right in many cases. : (3 votes)
    4 %
    I'm not a Christian. I believe war is morally right in many cases. : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I'm a Christian. I believe war is morally right in some cases. : (19 votes)
    25 %
    I'm not a Christian. I believe war is morally right in some cases. : (7 votes)
    9 %
    I'm a Christian. I believe war is morally right in rare cases. : (11 votes)
    14 %
    I'm not a Christian. I believe war is morally right in rare cases. : (18 votes)
    23 %
    I'm a Christian. I believe war is never morally right. : (9 votes)
    12 %
    I'm not a Christian. I believe war is never morally right. : (9 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’m an atheist, and I believe war is acceptable in rare cases. I think the US is way too aggressive and involved on the world stage in matters that do not involve us. However, when things like Nazi Germany arise, you bet I believe major world powers should get their butts in there and start a war.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m a Christian and while I wouldn’t say war is morally right, I do think it’s necessary at times.

    “Do you know why this world is as abad as it is?…It is because people think only about their own business, and won’t trouble themselves to stand up for the oppressed, nor bring the wrong-doers to light…My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.”
    Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

    Post # 5
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    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Out of curiosity – do crusades count as war?

    Post # 6
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    478 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @RunsWithBears:  That is exactly what I was going to say, I am Christian and I do not believe war is right but I do believe it is sometimes necessary.

    Post # 10
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    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m not religious, but I think no matter what religion you are war is just necessary sometimes. I don’t really get the current war in the middle east, but Hitler SUCKED. If the Allies hadn’t fought him, we might all be speaking German and hating Jewish people (or living in a world free of them completely). 

    Post # 11
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    808 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’m not a Christian and I abhor war and think it’s never morally right. It may be  humanly right in cases like the Nazi’s but morally I think killing people is wrong.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    there’s wars in the bible – its just not called “war” necessarily. It sucks yes but its right and needed in many cases. I mean the bible says “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”… in other words – you attack us – we’ll attack you. You come after us and kill thousands of our ppl on 9/11 – you gonna die. Wars are always started for a reason. The US atleast usually doesn’t just go off bombing or attacking ppl we don’t like just cus we feel like it… except in human rights cases (like the nazis for example).

    Post # 15
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    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

    Great post topic!

    I find the Catholic Just War doctrine to be very interesting – we studied it a great deal when I was in high-school, right after 9/11. The Bible seems to walk such a fine line between peace (ie Stoppy321‘s above quote from Matthew) and violence/war (ie Luke 22:36 “He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one”).

    I appreciated Catholic Answers’ article on the Just War doctrine, particularly this little paragraph:

    In broad terms, Christians must not love violence. They must promote peace whenever possible and be slow to resort to the use of arms. But they must not be afraid to do so when it is called for. Evil must not be allowed to remain unchecked.

    That article might provide some food for thought for people who would like to look deeper into this issue.

    For those that are curious, the Catechism of the Catholic Church currently states:

    The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:

    – the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;

    – all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;

    – there must be serious prospects of success;

    – the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modem means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.

    These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the “just war” doctrine

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