War: is it the ultimate test of faith?

March 23, 2009

faithThere are many things that will test a person’s religious faith and war is among the strongest. “Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain’s Memoir”, which will be published this week, is Roger Benimoff’s moving account of his battle with the demons of war that almost cost him his faith and his family. He did two tours in Iraq and you can read my interview with him here.

The Iraq war of course remains fraught with religious overtones. Former U.S. President George W. Bush saw many of his policies as driven by his Christian faith (and aimed at his conservative evangelical base); Iraq itself has been riven by religious and sectarian conflict; and many people of faith question the morality of the U.S.-led war there, now six years old.

When I asked Benimoff if the Iraq war has been worth all of the sacrifice, he became very emotional and found that it was a question he is still wrestling with. As he describes in his book, asking such hard questions lead him to question his own faith and made him angry at times with God (while he also battled with post-tramautic stress disorder or PTSD).

The war will no doubt continue to be a religious battlefield — and one that, like many other armed conflicts, also tests the faith of those caught up in it.

(Photo: Courtesy of Randam House)

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Even in time of war and trouble God is a very present help.If all people of every nation would turn to him he would help them.Although war is a terrible thing and sometimes has to be fought at other times it is only the greed and selfishness of mankind.It sometimes is a judgement from God for our sins and to get our attention.He alone can help us no matter what our outward circumstances.He came into the world to save sinners from their sins.He was born of a virgin,lived a sinless life,and died for our sins on the cross 2000 years ago,he was buried,and rose from the dead,was seen of men,and went back up to heaven.If we repent of our sins and trust Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and God,he will give us his gift of eternal life both now and in heaven someday.Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,and thy house.(Acts:16:31).All men need to realize God will hold them accountable for their sins someday at his judgement day.All murders,thefts,and other crimes will be judged if we dont turn to him now in true repentance and faith.Religion doesnt save the soul or forgive sins only God can do that.Look and live! From the Authorized King James Holy Bible of 1611.The sinless blood of Christ and his sacrafice at Calvarys cross is the only atonement for sin God will accept.Trust him now to save you,and he will.Thank You,very much,Sincerely;

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