Lol. Israelite, my brother.. you are really trying to get me going aren't you!
Justin Thank God for you. I respect your ideas. However you may think me wrong. I am not on the earth to cause disruption so let me explain.
I don't believe you are. Most born again Christians aren't purposely going out there as warriors and destroying others. However, the need to get everyone to believe the same thing as they do, creates more of what we have today. Again, while radical Christians may not be strapping bombs to their bodies and blowing up innocent people, they actually create more radical opposing forces that do.
Wasn't it Jesus who told us to lay down our swords?
While you pose a valid point on a islamic radicals and fanaticism and being a pacifist this is what I am. I against killing and murder it disobey's God's word.
However I am saying to battle dark forces I am saying to fight against sin I am saying to lay down our lives for christ I am saying to know how to defend ourselves and others!
I am saying to be a warrior for the cause of upholding life not destroying it.
It's not a battle. The only battles we are up against is the ones we create. Sin in your eyes may be a good deed for God in someone else's. Do you see where I'm going with this? If you want to lay down your life for Christ, that is clearly explained in the words and works of Jesus. There's nothing to defend against.
What I mean by all this Justin and Didymos is in order to accomplish good will to all men I must train to be a weapon of the Lord. I cannot accomplish anything on my own. I must fight my battles in love for peace and with heart.
All you can do is Love. You don't have to train to be a weapon for the Lord. Each man will discover God when he or she is ready. All you can do is be an example of your faith. Plant seeds and if they are in fertile ground those seeds will grow. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.
I am opposed to anything evil or wrong. I would not fight someone to hurt them or kill them but I want to learn to defend myself and others in order that I esteem life even more.
While this is may seem to fit because you were 'Born Again', this doesn't mean that you aren't a sinner. I've seen more evil and sin in Christianity than I have in Buddhism, yet the Christian will condemn the Buddhist.
When you find the truth you seek, you wont have to defend anything or anyone... One of the hardest things to do is Love the unlovely. The unlovely sin. Mankind sins. It's just the way it is. Radical Christianity is just as destructive as anything else.
Lets' not forget that you too are a sinner.
This is what I am saying by learning martials arts. It will teach me discipline, control, and to train my body for pain.
My body is a vessel to serve not disrupt let us not go into the horrors caused by those who have wronged nations and cultures.
I want to run towards the battle and not from it I want to know death and overcome it I hope for a good death. I want to live wild at heart and fight for righteousness.
Are you sure you aren't just running from yourself? There is no death in eternal life. A man's worst enemy is himself... as is a mans greatest asset, is also himself.
Israelite, be careful not to get in so far as to be radical about your belief. One of the plagues in the Christian community is that they try to mind everyone else's business and shove Jesus down the throat of everyone they can. This in fact isn't what Jesus taught at all.
Please do a search on the Sermon on the Mount
and read with an open mind.
You are a good person and a wonderful soul. Please don't allow yourself to fall into something without carefully meditating and thinking. If you really want to change the world, it starts at home.
What's that song... This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine, This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.... and so on. Develop the light within yourself and that will influence more people than being a warrior ever will. Lead by example.
Thank you Israelite for speaking your mind and thank God for you and everyone who makes discussion like this possible.