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If God Is Love Why War

Why in joshua was their so much war. If God is a God of love why would He bring so much destruction to fulfil His promises to the Israelites?

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 ---natasha on 11/18/05
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2. In Scripture God has wiped out nations, but always with a purpose. Maybe those people would have stopped what God had planned through Christ. what was prophicised of Christ from the beginning came true, He made sure of that. The devil and his demons have been trying from the beginning to distroy our Redeemer, our salvation would have not been possible. God sees death and life differently then we do. We see a loss and God sees a gain. We see a death and He sees a life.
---Lupe2618 on 2/7/08

sister Natasia, God is Sovereign and Creator of everything. His nature is love, and yet to see that things work His right and holy way He does things that we cannot explain because we do not see the future as He does. His decisions are just and always right to His will. If we could see the conscequences of an action we would be able to see why He does certain things the way He does. But we can only judge by our limited knowledge. By our own feelings that He has given us.
---Lupe2618 on 4/29/07

God is a God of peace..His created being is the problem and with satan next to the created makes it worse..Man is so stiffnecked in his ways too..God is all loving and kind, gentle and forgiving..Dont ever blame God for all these problems...
---jana on 8/30/06

God had a desire to seperate His people, in order to raise them and train them in His statutes and commandments. By not destroying the pagans, of course we know that the children of Israel eventually strayed. It is similar to now, like we should be a witness, but try to keep the world out of the Church. Contamination is the thing. And also, I feel that God has never sentenced an innocent person to hell. He may have taken their physical life. I can feel the arguments coming on that one.
---mike on 12/28/05

The wars of today are about money,pride and greed..As a Christian: Put on the full armor of God. We are all in a spiritual war now. Good to know Jesus wins..
---Lynn_Bedford77 on 12/28/05

Thanks DoryLory and everyone else :)
---natasha on 11/19/05

Before Christ, the works of Satan were not generally understood. (The word "devil" is not used at all in the O.T. and the word "Satan" is only mentioned a few times.) Because the Israelites lacked understanding about who their enemy was, they fought physical, flesh and blood battles in order to survive as the people of God.
---DoryLory on 11/19/05

Jesus came to the earth to reveal and destroy the works of the devil. Because of Jesus, we now know that our enemy is a spiritual being and that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark work and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12).
---DoryLory on 11/19/05

1 Corinthians 10:11 says that the things that happened to the Israelits were written down to be an example & a warning to us.

One example can be found in Hebrews 3:19 which explains why the Israelites wandered in the dessert for 40 years. It was because of unbelief. They simply struggled with trusting God. We now have the opportunity to learn from that. We also can see from the Word that unbelief can prevent God's perfect will from being brought to pass in our lives as well (Mark 6:4-6).
---DoryLory on 11/19/05

Another interesting note about the book of Joshua is that over & over again it states that they conquered their enemy by the sword. If you pay attention while you're reading Joshua you will be amazed at how many times this is repeated. This is significant to us N.T. believers. Hebrews 4:12, 13 explains that the Word of God works like a "double edged sword." We can use the Word of God against the devil and it will have an effect not unlike a sword. The Word will work like a weapon for us.
---DoryLory on 11/19/05

Love is just one of the many attributes of Yahweh, like wise a God of correction, chastisement, vengeance, power, wrath and war.
---Phil_the_Elder on 11/18/05

God is love, but does not love everybody - See Rom 9:22 - vessels of wrath fitted to destruction (people created to be destroyed).

Hos 9:15 . . . I hated them . . . I will love them no more
Mal 1:3 And I hated Esau . . .
Jd 4 . . . ordained to this condemnation

Though God created both Egypt and Israel, He chose to love Israel - Ex 33:19, and to destroy Egypt - Ex 9.

War, famine, slavery, banishment and natural disasters are ways God uses to punish. See Lev 26, Dt 28.
---a_servant on 11/18/05

3. When you read what Job went through, don't question the story but look real deep into what God wanted to convey to you. What His purpose was to even have someone write it. See what God meant and why He did what He did so that God can reveal something for your life in the story. Faith, love, trails and heartaches. A loss of a family member, allow His Word to penetrated in your heart and you will feel comfort in His Word.
---Lupe2618 on 11/18/05

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