Intentional unbelief will never be convinced, however great the evidence for faith. That’s why Jesus didn’t answer the leadership when they requested a sign or wanted to know his source of authority.
What unbelievers call the ethical problem of war vanishes if we understand the spiritual basis of war. Secular historians consider war as the armed extension of politics: armies resolve differences statesmen can’t. Bible believers see war as the continuation in humanity of our common rebellion against God.
Opposition to God vanishes when we see the spiritual background of war. Take for example the seven nations in Canaan when Israel arrived on the plains of Moab, across the Jordan from Jericho. Every one of those nations—city-states—claimed that its national deity—usually some version of Baal—had given them the land as its possession.
That insult to GOD had to be answered, since every foot and every mile of the whole world belongs to him. The only way he could prove his sovereignty was to have Israel evict them by annihilation. And when they didn’t, the heathen left in Israel became whips on their backs and thorns in their eyes Joshua 23:13.
If it took the destruction of those nations to prove that HE alone was God, GOD would destroy them. Whatever it takes in any age or culture to prove GOD owns the very dust in every nation, God will do it. No one can dispute him and no one can judge it as a wrong since only God is an adequate judge of what GOD does! End Part II
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