When Is It Right To Fight? (5 of 7) by James Merritt

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When Is It Right To Fight? (5 of 7)
James Merritt
Romans 13:1-7
05-08-05

Introduction

1. How do you explain human nature? Basically, there are two explanations that flow from two totally different world views. The non-biblical postmodern world view says that people are basically good. We are born good. Our inherent nature is basically good, but certain factors such as society, environment, oppression, or poverty causes us to do bad things that really are against our good nature.

2. On the other hand, the biblical world view says that people are basically sinful. We are all born with a propensity to do wrong, not right. Because of that, punishment and penalty, whether it be a spanking, incarceration, or even war is sometimes necessary to control our sinful nature and insure that righteousness and justice prevails in our culture and in our society.

3. During the last several weeks we have been engaging in "The War of the Worlds" which we have explained is really the war of the world views. Our focus today is on the very concept of war. Depending upon which world view you take, war is either always evil and wrong or war is sometimes necessary in the course of human events for justice to prevail.

4. War is a subject that no one can get away from, because basically no one ever has. In 5600 years of recorded history there have only been 292 years of peace (incidentally that could describe a lot of marriages!) In that 5600 years, 14,532 wars have been fought averaging 2.6 years each and 3,640,000,000 people have been killed. Out of 185 generations, only ten have seen unbroken peace despite the signing of 8,000 peace treaties.

5. If you hold to a postmodern view of human nature, then basically the problem is that every one of these 14,532 wars have been wrong. This view basically holds there is no war ever fought that discussion, deliberation and diplomacy could not have averted by simply appealing to the goodness of the human heart.

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