"The keys of judgment measure the iniquity of the oppressors, and when their cup of violence is full, these keys pour back upon their heads seven-fold the troubles they have sown."

Why Wars?

(After watching an old silent film on WW1)

First Published March 1980

What a travesty, what a horror! Why should the children go and die for their parents? It would be better for the parents to die for the children!

They do it for pride and greed! "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" (James 4:1) The older generation tell them it's for freedom: "So we won't be oppressed and enslaved by the enemy, blah blah!" Isn't that a joke? How more oppressed and enslaved could you be than to have them send you into the hell of war? It's the worst oppression and enslavement possible, along with possible death.

Better to be a slave! That was the Bible philosophy. When God sent their enemies to punish them for their sins, he told them it was better to yield to the hand of the enemy, to take their yoke upon them and become slaves, than to die. Jeremiah said, "Why will ye die, o Jerusalem? Submit yourselves under the yoke of the king of Babylon and live!" (Jeremiah 27:8-13)

It is almost unbelievable that men could conceive of anything as horrible as war at all, much less a nuclear war, literally knowing that they're contriving the deaths of millions--not just soldiers--but everyone--men, women, children, old folks. They "cause their children to pass through the fire", the Lord says. (Lev.18:21; Deut.18:10; 2Kg.17:17)

How many of the soldiers who are sent into battle are to blame for the war? It's the politicians, militarists and greedy rich. How horrible!

Why should they suffer? Why should they die? They'd be better off being the children of slaves. After all, if God sent a power that's stronger than your power, He must have done it for a purpose, probably to punish your nation for its sins, like he did in the Bible.

He says, "Submit to the power". Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:1-8)

Who's the power? It is the most powerful. As far as the poor, their plight isn't much different from one oppressor to the other, their own government or the so-called enemy.

How many wars have been fought in the name of freedom,

freedom from one enslavement to another. Many people are slaves too, total slaves of their government. Taxes and burdens being so heavy that they're working totally for the government half the time just to pay their taxes!

It is ridiculous to say it's better to have war, suffer the hell and to bring hell and torment and torture and misery and agony and suffering on people who weren't even responsible for it. To say that there's an excuse for that--to save the world for democracy, freedom. What kind of freedom did they get out of it last time? The world now lives in terror that it could be destroyed any minute with nuclear warfare, that's freedom?

It is a type of insanity, this war-craze! I really think it's insanity inspired by the devil, that they would actually rather throw their countries into war and self-destruction in their pride and their greed, than submit. Of course it's God's way of punishing the people for their sins, punishing nations for their wickedness and sinfulness and rebellion and rejection of Him, and unmercifulness and atrocities and crimes against the poor.

Thank God, most of the poor usually escape. They live too far back in the hills and they don't have anything anybody wants, except for their sons which they can conscript to fight their wars. What's that but forced labour of the worst kind! When I was in the army it was almost unbelievable! I thought, "My God, what slavery!" You live in a slave camp and you can't do a thing on your own. You're under total orders to be a total slave day and night.

You talk about slavery, there's no worse slavery hardly than the army! It's so ridiculous to say, "You're fighting for freedom, boys, so now be good slaves and fight for our freedom!" It's the same in every country, in every government. They're all cruel systems and horrors, but they're still better than war.

I think young people ought to just flatly refuse to be drafted! When I was in the army, if you were a conscientious objector who flatly refused to fight or bear arms or anything, they sent you to what amounted to a slave camp or made you a hospital slave or reforestation slave, but it was better than war. It's better than the hell of the battlefront and the killing and the torture and the destruction and the mutilation,and being guilty of these things yourself.

I told those officers, "I'm not going to fight and kill people! I have nothing against the Japanese, why should I fight them? Why should I want to kill them? I want to go preach them the Gospel. I'm supposed to love my enemies, why should I want to kill them? The officers got so furious at me!

It's such high-powered politics and pride of the lofty ones! Wars are not made by the poor, just the rich!

David Berg

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