Have you not suggested that others have their own interpretation in this thread? Be that as it may, if you feel it is sin to do something, better to not do it! For whatever is not of faith is sin.
Originally Posted by jewel4Christ
It's not about the last word. I have my reasons. Many in this thread post similar things. That's why the answers are responded in similar ways.
You and I disagree. We have already come to that conclusion...why do you keep posting the same things over and over..just so you can have the last say? Ok, fine..I will let you, when you respond to this post, lol...(that does not mean I won't answer others in this thread, lol)
No see, that's where we disagree big time. My trust is totally in God. Completely. And he said that government was part of his solution for evil men. He implemented it. To go against government is to go against that which God ordained. So, by submitting to government's rule and authority I am trusting completely in Him and doing his will.
If your trust was totally in God to keep you from being destroyed by what you call these enemies, you would not even man made governments to do so...and, that is what is wrong with your interpretation, in mho..it teaches us to take our eyes off of Christ, and place them in mere men. If the Lord wants me to live to be 100 I will, it matters little what any other government or evil man could think to do with me...don't you see that?
OK. We can agree to that then. God does do good things through government.
I have told you over and over that God does use governments to do good...evil is not good, though.
Yep. But when God says take up a sword, it is God we trust in and not man. When David went to battle with Goliath, he did not take a sword, but he did take a sling. He had a weapon and used it. Taking up a weapon does not mean one doesn't have faith. David and Goliath illustrates that very well.
Fair enough. My conscience could not support them now, because I know the outcome of placing trust in weapons and guns, and money and greed. It leads to death.
All men that do not know Jesus are wicked. Government is not wicked. It is the men in government that make it evil.
sounds like the pot calling the kettle black, in mho. All nations are wicked, the bible states that...especially in this day and age, where satan has so blinded the eyes of even most in the church.
Yep. One reason he gave government was to contain evil. Man's heart needs God or society to keep it in check. If it is only society that does so, he will go to hell. If he submits to God and gets a new heart, then he can go to heaven.
Jesus is coming to put an end to man's rule. Man's rule was allowed from the beginning because evil man's heart WANTED IT THAT way. Have you read that?
It sure seems alive to me. That's why I keep posting.
I don't put the cart before the horse..the horse is dead.
Stop beating it.
"May the Lamb that was slain receive the just reward for His sufferings." A quote by Moravian missionary that sold himself (along with a friend) into slavery to reach those that the slave owner prevented from hearing the gospel.
May I live for Him and not for me.