Intro Verse Exodus 15:3! The word “war” there
1. Can a country enter into war to defend the citizens of that country with God’s approval?
Most certainly the OT provides many examples of God approving of battle. One case in Deuteronomy 20:1.
God even told the nation of Israel to destroy all the inhabitants of the Land in which they were going to live Deuteronomy 20:15-18.
2. What does Matthew 5:39 teach, and does it
apply to this subject?
It teaches that when insulted one should not respond in a way of defense. Being slapped on the face with the palm of the hand was a great insult in that time. Response was to be made in efforts to teach. One is not having their life threatened in this case! The bible teaches : Romans 12:19-21
3. Can a Christian be in the military?
Cornelius was Acts 10:1. Was he told to come out of it? How did God refer to him (Acts 10:2)? Apply also the fact that the jailor would be one who worked in a similar capacity (Acts 16:25-33)
One might employ Exodus 20:13 in argumentation stating that one could not kill. Just what does that word there mean? It is Strong’s # 7523 and means “to murder or slay with premeditation”. The term murder both in the O.T. and N.T. was never used in a case of self-defense or in time of defending the country.
The military can be misused and can commit murder
4. Does the Bible give authority to a government to execute “Capital Punishment”?
I Peter 2:13-14, Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:22, Numbers 15:32-35, and Acts 25:11.
5. When does God forgive sinners?
I John 1:9, Isaiah 59:1-2, Luke 13:3;5, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Mark 16:15-16, and Acts 8:26-39.
6. Did Christ approve of self-defense?
Luke 22:36 – Luke 22:38, Exodus 22:2-3, Matthew 24:43, and Luke 11:21.