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Why Does God Allow War?

Wars are the ultimate manifestation of man's selfishness, greed, pride, and competitive spirit and have caused untold suffering throughout history. The Bible says, "From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" (James 4:1 KJV). People are to blame for the suffering caused by war, because of their own selfishness, greed, pride, and competitive spirit--the destruction of others for selfish gain.

God hates war, but to put an end to war He would have to put an end to freedom of choice. He will one day soon but for the moment events have to play out. But it won't always be like this. The day is coming when Jesus Christ will return to put an end to the senseless suffering man inflicts on his fellow man. Then and only then, under the all-powerful rule and reign of Christ, will there be peace and plenty for all, with no more suffering, no more hunger, no more starvation, no more poor, and no more war!

In prophecy, God said of war:

"Is any cause worth so great a cost in human life? Are injustices on the part of one government corrected by the injustices of another? What government is righteous and just and worthy of judging another? No army can claim to be waging war on the side of "right." War, killing, death and destruction are not right. Humankind was placed on this earth to love and care for one another, but because of selfishness and greed, the world has become increasingly corrupt, and fighting and killing has become a way of life. This was never meant to be.

"Those who wage war in the name of God, claiming My blessing upon their cause, are mistaken. Many are misled by their own sense of rightness and righteousness, while others act out of hypocrisy. Those who truly know and love Me follow My words and My example, and seek and strive for peace. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9). I went so far as to say that you should "love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and do good to those who hate you" (Matthew 5:44). Do those who are so intent on waging war heed My words in this? Or do they merely call on Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me?

"It is a law of nature that you will reap what you sow. Those who wage war, who pursue the domination, destruction and devastation of other lands, will reap sorrow and bloodshed themselves. I know the hearts of men. I will reward the peacemakers. I will judge the warmongers. Every man will give account before Me in the day of judgment. Search your own heart. Determine where you stand--whether on the side of peace or the side of war, on the side of freedom or the side of tyranny.

"I am the Almighty and Omnipotent God. I could use My power to force humanity to do what is right, but I have chosen to give man the majesty of choice. I allow each person and each nation to determine their own destiny through the choices they make. I do not impose My will or My plan upon humanity. How much less should mere mortals impose their will and plan upon others? One person should never force another to conform to their beliefs or way of life. One government should never force another to operate according to its ideals and desires. This is not My way. This is not My plan.

"If you stand by when the freedoms of a nation across the globe are being violated, do not be surprised if someday you find your own freedoms lost. If you have freedom of speech now but you do not use that freedom and speak out against oppression and tyranny for all you're worth, one day you will lose it. Do not take your privileges lightly.

"Are you a peacemaker and worthy to be called a child of God? Are you personally acquainted with the God who is love? Have you personally received Me into your life? If you know Me, if you know the truth, then I call you now to follow it. Take action. Testify of My truth to others. If you know Me in name only, you can change that here and now, and get to know Me personally and intimately. You can receive My spirit of love, peace, and light into your life and heart. Talk to Me. Call on Me."