November 8, 2013

WAR IS A VISIBLE SIGN OF THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE (All Souls / Rememberance Day)

Today as we remember those who gave their lives in war for us, it is good to reflect on how such terrible wars could have happened. I grew up during the Cold War. When you live under the threat of world-wide nuclear extermination it focuses your attention. I have stood in the huge cemeteries of Europe where you can see over 17,000 crosses, each representing a young life cut short. The Good News is our hope that they inherited a more glorious eternal spiritual life of joy.

1. I tried for years to figure out “why things go wrong”
Many people have trouble believing in an all powerful God of love who could allow such a terrible thing as war happen. At seminary I learned this is formally known as the Problem of Evil. We need to understand that God loves us enough to give us free will. The consequence of free will is wrong choices by some people – including national leaders.
  • Post-Enlightenment theology which does not really believe in the supernatural, including spiritual principalities and powers, depends on Education to help people make better choices.
  • Bible teaches us that there are evil spiritual principalities and powers that deceive humans into making destructive choices
  • Evil is a technical theological term for deliberate harm with no mitigating benefits. Bad things happen by chance – evil has intention to harm.
  • Many people are very uncomfortable about accepting the reality of spiritual evil because it makes our lives more challenging
  • We prefer to keep our heads in the sand and avoid trouble
 For me this was a profound discovery that confirmed the Biblical world view and helped me understand why things go wrong – and the importance of spiritual protection.

2. Understand that we are spiritual beings with bodies
Many of the pictures of Jesus show an aura around Him. Our personal spirit is in fact larger than our body and surrounds our body.