Why does God allow war? It's is a tragic and complex reality that has existed since the dawn of time, leaving many to question why God allows such anguish and suffering for humanity.
But could there be more than meets the eye when it comes to war? Perhaps it's an opportunity to grow and become something better than before.
Many believe that conflict can be used as a catalyst for positive change in individuals and nations.
This article seeks to understand why divine intervention sometimes appears absent during warfare, highlighting stories of transformation through adversity that could only have been orchestrated by God's hand in certain situations.
When faced with the darkest moments of our lives, we can find divine guidance and hope amidst war-torn circumstances.
We will join together on the mission to discover the reason behind God allowing warfare and its untold spiritual blessings, revealing a light in the darkness, no matter how deep our wounds are at first glance.
Each step forward into this revelation brings us closer to understanding infinite peace.
Why wars get started
Wars are complicated, multi-faceted concepts driven by multiple underlying interests. From a Christian perspective, there may be innumerable reasons for why a war begins.
First, history tells us war is the result of fear and lust for control or power. Going to battle can protect one's people from the threat of an enemy or even raise a nation’s economic standing.
Second, religion can fuel this drive for domination as religious leaders use their faith to defend their vulnerable communities or justify direct action against hostile outsiders.
Finally, scripture also speaks of living in peace. Violence is accepted only as a measure of last resort against those whose actions threaten God’s will or deny believers their right to self-determination.
Within this framework, whole communities can be forced into conflict either out of defense or the belief they are carrying out divine justice.
We must remember that when it comes to wars, understanding the spiritual, cultural and political context is an essential component of successful resolution.
Why does God allow war?
The most difficult questions to answer often come from asking why does God allow war when peace could bring so much relief? Yet, the answer is not a simple one.
For starters, it’s important to remember that both people and God can initiate conflict (ie, in the Old Testament God commanded that certain people groups were to be attacked and defeated).
We can speculate why humans choose the path of violence and destruction, but it's impossible to really know unless we ask both sides directly.
Furthermore, we must consider how our faith defines justice. Different religions believe in different concepts of justice and these differences shape our opinions on war.
For some, justice maintains order and peace while for others, justice means righting wrongs and punishing those who commit them which could result in war.
Finally, we must recognize that understanding God’s innermost thoughts are oftentimes beyond our scope of comprehension. They are larger than our imagination or human intellect can fathom.
We only receive bits and pieces of divine wisdom at any given time even though God’s will may not be entirely clear or understandable to us at this current moment.
True answers may still remain yet unknown to us until God wills its revelation in due course.
The Christian's role in times of war
Conflict is a sad but unavoidable reality of life. It can take the form of interpersonal strife or war on a global scale.
Either way, it's a heavy burden.
The Christian has an important role in times of war, and that is to bring prayer, love, and peace wherever they can as they are led by the Holy Spirit.
Instead of surrounding ourselves with fear and hatred, we are called to promote understanding and acceptance of one another as God instructs.
We must strive for justice and mercy, actively advocating for peace while respecting national boundaries and laws.
We have an obligation to help those affected by war, remembering that even our enemies are human beings worthy of respect and compassion.
Rather than running from conflict or avoiding hard conversations, we need to stay engaged with humility and grace.
We should follow Jesus’ example in his interactions with people from all walks of life – friends and foes alike – teaching us the power of pursuing inclusive relationships where all voices are heard as often as we can (it is not possible in every circumstance).
While violence may not be always avoided or resolved, Christians remember that in all things God works things together for the good (Romans 8:28).
In difficult moments like these we must turn towards faith for strength, comfort and guidance as we seek out ways to foster understanding between different peoples groups around the globe.
What did Jesus say about war?
Amidst the chaos of conflict, Jesus speaks of peace. He urges us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
He calls people to leave their weapons behind and embrace reconciliation instead of retribution.
Jesus encourages us to seek justice actively and compassionately rather than to seek revenge or participate in violence.
After all, peace will come with its own power if we are patient enough to make it our priority.
At the same time, Jesus insists that we pay attention to our enemies as well as ourselves. He admonishes us not to prejudge one another, but instead make space for dialogue so that healing can begin wherever possible.
There must be a bridge of understanding between both sides in order for there to be lasting peace.
Forgiveness is essential because it develops grace and understanding within ourselves and prevents bitterness from clouding relationships further down the road.
Letting go of hatred allows compassion and hope to become the focus in difficult times.
We can follow Jesus' words by using wisdom, making sure no one is left alone during painful conflicts, and embracing mercy over judgmental attitudes.
What does the Bible say about war?
The Bible is home to stories of warfare, betrayal, and destruction, but it also speaks of reconciliation, redemption, and peace.
At its root, war in the Bible is an expression of humanity's broken relationships—both between individuals and nations.
Sin has severed us from our relationship with God and distorted the image we were intended to bear—distorting relationships among mankind as well.
Wars are caused by seeking revenge for wrongs done, seeking power or resources, trying to unify a people group under one governmental system or get rid of certain people or ideas.
The Hebrews fought many times when they were threatened with slavery and exile by their enemies. And God was often jealous for His people and showed them favor in battle so they could remain faithful to Him.
In the Bible, we see that healing begins when genuine repentance takes place—when each sees themselves as helpless sinners who owe grace to God rather than kings or rulers who can defend their own rights.
These examples teach us that in order to make real advances towards peace, righteousness must be restored between God and humanity before any meaningful reconciliation can take place between humans on earth.
We must strive then not just for outward forms of peace but for inner attitudinal change which enables true restoration in Christ.
Scripture tells of numerous battles and wars, both literal and symbolic. By studying specific passages within the Bible, it's possible to gain interesting insights into war and its theological implications.
The Old Testament is rife with accounts of warfare – from Joshua marching around Jericho's walls to David defeating Goliath.
And while it may seem like violence was glorified in the Bible, taking a deeper look reveals a nuanced picture of conflict.
One example is the Book of Job, which showcases divinely sanctioned suffering as a lesson in faithfulness.
This highlights an important lesson: sometimes the only true way to peace is through battle. War can be seen as part of God’s larger plan for redemption.
Our faith teaches us that war is often necessary in protecting ourselves, our families, and the people we care about.
We recognize there are enemies in this world who must be defeated if we are to live peacefully despite such tragedies occurring at times.
War can actually encourage good in the world by strengthening relationships between nations and allowing them to thrive when open conflict has been resolved through peaceful negotiation instead of further physical conflict.
Why can war be justified?
War, unfortunately, is an age-old reality. Whether Christian or non-Christian, it has been a constant in human history and continues to be so today.
So the question arises: can war still be justified from a Christian perspective?
The answer lies in the notion of a just war which is one fought for legitimate purposes and with appropriate means.
A just war must protect the innocent from unjust aggression, have a reasonable chance of success, involve only minimal force necessary to stop the aggression and include some form of accountability for mistakes.
By carefully considering these criteria before forming judgements about any conflict, Christians can make ethical decisions that responsibly steward God’s calling to protect others and promote peace.
Above all, whatever we decide as believers in Christ must always take into account the ultimate example of love shown when He died on the cross — not only for those close to Him but also for His enemies.
Why does God allow suffering?
Suffering can be a perplexing thing. We often ask why God would allow us to experience such hardships and struggles.
But perhaps suffering, in its own way, is meant to teach us resilience, patience, humility, and faith. It can drive us closer to understanding our purpose, infusing our lives with greater meaning.
Maybe it is necessary for us to go through pain in order to grow in virtue and wisdom.
By learning how to cope with our struggles and remaining hopeful despite the odds, we come out stronger on the other side.
And when we help others who suffer, it might lighten their burden as well as ours. Kindness always has the power to bring forth healing on all sides.
We may never know why certain difficulties happen or why God allows them, but if we look closely at our experiences through an open heart, our sufferings could reveal gifts of strength and love that outweigh them all.
What does God say about warfare?
God is a firm believer in peace, justice and the power of love. He believes that harmony between people is not only achievable but also vitally important if we are to live in a world without war.
He understands there can be differences between people, yet He encourages us to find common ground and bridge gaps between us, rather than grow broader divides.
He invites us to recognize our similarities instead of focusing on our differences.
He created us as one human family and expects us to cooperate with each other spiritually, socially, politically and economically.
To that end, He instructs us to settle disputes peacefully through dialogue rather than through warfare or violence, emphasizing the importance of negotiation without resorting to conflict.
In turn, God teaches us respect for ourselves and others and encourages forgiving rather than retaliating when wronged.
Ultimately His message is clear: The path towards lasting peace will always lead away from violence and hatred towards harmony through understanding each other’s perspectives in order to reach reconciliation.
War Bible Scripture Verses (KJV)
Ecclesiastes 3:8 - A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Proverbs 21:15 - It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Ephesians 6:11 - Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Matthew 24:6 - And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Jeremiah 51:20 - Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
Isaiah 25:8 - He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
James 4:1-2 - From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Deuteronomy 20:1-4 - When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Isaiah 2:4 - 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.