A Biblical Basis for War
Old and New Testaments
By Rob Chase
There was much ado about nothing regarding the “Shea Manifesto,” Biblical Basis for War, which was a name created by an imaginative reporter. The “Manifesto” was hardly what I would call a manifesto. That appellation was applied to a 4 page bullet-pointed outline titled a “Biblical Basis for War.” This document was simply an outline for a Bible Study that was in no way out of the ordinary. What ensued in the discussion at the study, if there even was one, is anybody’s guess who didn’t attend.
The Old Testament is consistent with the New Testament. Jesus Christ concealed, and Jesus Christ revealed. There is nothing like fulfilled prophecy to catch one’s attention. The Old Testament showed that fallen man cannot be saved by the Law. The New Testament showed that fallen man could only be saved by the Grace of God. So man had to come back to the God who is there. But why would a loving God in the Old Testament command enemies be put to death? There are explanations for this, and if anyone cares they can search for these seeming contradictions.
Every nation has conducted warfare at one time or another. A reason could always if found if justification was found wanting. The American Indians were more upfront about it. The stronger tribes simply drove the weaker tribes off the best hunting grounds. Of course the Hebrews probably had the best reason to justify warfare as anyone ever had. God commanded it.
One explanation for the seeming inconsistency between Old and New Testaments’ ways of war waging, that has reporters who lean on their own understanding confused, is in the Gospel of Luke.
When Jesus took up his ministry in Luke 4:16 – 21
“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
“And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD’
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
However, if you go back to Isaiah 61:1-2, which is the Scripture Jesus quoted, He would have continued reading:
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
In other words, the first coming of Christ in around 29 AD harkens to the Age of Grace, but the Second Coming is the Day of Vengeance. Jesus closed the book because that Day of Wrath is still in the future.
- A just war can only be waged as a last resort.
- A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority.
- A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered.
- A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success.
- The ultimate goal of a just war is to re-establish peace.
- The violence used in the war must be proportional to the injury suffered.
- The weapons used in war must discriminate between combatants and non-combatants.
This sounds like a good plan to fight a Just War, but who decides what is just? All of these points were discussed in Washington D.C. before the orders were given to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. So how did we end up killing over a million non-combatants who never did us any harm? It was supposedly 13 Saudis who flew planes into buildings killing 3,000 of us. There were no Afghans or Iraqis on those planes. What was presented as just became unjust.
This Country was founded because normal, ordinary men took up arms against tyranny. The Founders intended a self-governing Republic where the people would rule themselves. Sheriff Knezovich said it best when asked by a reporter after his anti- Shea in the Spokane Valley last month. “What crime did Matt Shea commit?”, asked the reporter.
The Sheriff responded “That didn’t come up.” Of course it didn’t. There was no crime except to be un-politically correct. We still have freedom of speech don’t we? Can’t we still love or hate as long as sticks and stones don’t break bones. According to our Sheriff we don’t. We are supposedly a threat.
We have been lied to over and over again by our Government for decades. In fact, it isn’t even our Government anymore. It is the Deep State that was founded on November 22, 1963 that runs the show with a cowardly Press in cahoots. We may be ridiculed as Bible based Christians by Shawn Vestal and Chad Sokol of the Spokesman Review, but we are not naive. Their ignorance is obvious.
Unlike Islam, there is no command in the Bible to set up a Theocratic State. Jesus said His Kingdom is not of this World. His Kingdom will be in a New Heaven and New Earth after we have destroyed this one.
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