So it’s all down to everyone to have the good sense to choose or not choose to get screwed up easily whether by religion or not. Perhaps, by looking at the fundamental basic principles of what makes a real human being, it would seem proper to allow everyone to distinguish the difference between…
An extremist bent on saving lives
As is the case that there is good and bad in everyone, so are extremists. So, how does one becomes maybe a good extremist like Christ? To become one, it’s just about one step to perfection only and that is REPENT and baptize in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, is that not what extremism is and about – to be humble and repent by obeying the gospel of Jesus? It all starts with whether everyone is doing it for the right or wrong reason only. Whether you apply this concept of perfection in daily routine work or play, it works all the same. When one is pushing to the limit in anything to bring forth success and fulfilment, it is not possible without becoming an extremist in that field which is the same as becoming perfectionist. You either give all that you’ve got to make it in life or not give at all what you do not have in life to give. So is the same here where one shall be expected to completely surrender oneself to God by repenting and obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ to worship and serve the one and only true Almighty God.
To say the least, it is not even good enough to become a Christian alone to become saved from sin, death and the devil. By God’s definition and standard, if anyone is to become one of the ‘sons of God’ or ‘children of God’ in the kingdom of heaven, one really needs to be good at being a true Christian in the sight of God no matter what’s the cost except killing for religious expediency of course! And that only means, it’s so crucial for anyone having obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ to become an extremist for Christ in fulfilling God’s will and plan to save the world of lost souls while one is still breathing in this world of people God so loved in John 3:1-21. So the first most important thing is to get your mindset working right and that will definitely depends on what goes in and out of your mind.
The question is: Are you in it for the right or wrong reason?
If you got screwed up in your head, it’s because of one reason only and that is – you had become an extremist for all the wrong reasons either to execute punishment or kill innocent people especially “infidels” for religious purposes that are man-made. If you are not screw up, it’s also because of one reason only and that is, if indeed, you are willing to become an extremist for Christ to save others the way Christ has saved us. Perhaps only then, it would be so amazing for everyone not to get screwed up just the same as you did not, wouldn’t it?
When you found yourself as such an amazing extremist to be proud of, surely, you will not regret it for the rest of your life knowing that to have such wisdom to arrive at such decision is something not given but acquired because of you having a heart and conscience to come clean and to walk in righteousness. If there’s anything you didn’t know about the beauty of Christianity for a start, then why not become an extremist for Christ the way He became an excellent extremist for you and thus set your course of direction right, right? This is the only right reason that would be very much worthy of your devotion according to God’s standard, not man. If by now you do not have the common sense to tell the difference here what sort of “extremist” you are vouching for, it pretty much looks like you are 100% screw up in the head all the same.
Or as an extremist bent on punishing or taking lives for religious expediency
Everyone knows freedom of speech is the fundamental human rights of anyone regardless of race, creed or religion. The good thing about it is that it provides unlimited opportunities for people to speak out or voice one’s concern on many issues that are largely affecting humanity. However, as anything and everything whether good or bad comes with a price to pay, so is such basic human rights. Such a privilege is vital to bring about peace and understanding among humans where it can build bridges or mend ties but the only setback is that it can also be abused to cause havoc and chaos especially when it comes to the subject of religion.
As humans are ingrained with a special need to relate to our Creator, somehow or other, it would usually be seen as not being carried out or done in a profound way that it does not even make sense in the sight of men, let alone God our Creator. The more progress and developed the world is the worst it will become because it would be easier for humans to lose touch with the Creator and more so in not letting our heart and conscience be our guide that will lead to further degradation of moral values, thus lawlessness prevail instead.
When everyone fails to let the heart and conscience be their guide, the whole system of the society will collapse and go haywire even with adequate laws in place or whatever religion to embrace. Take for instance when one is driving on the road these days. It is so common to notice that people have no qualms breaking even a simple traffic rule by running a red light or motorcyclists riding against the flow of traffic that it has become a ‘norm’ and no big deal in committing it every day for most people. Why? The answer is simple. This is all because people no longer live with a heart and conscience but as empty shells where laws or religion can do little or worse when nothing can keep us as real humans as what God created in His image and meant to be godly.
As if that is not bad enough that some people are already so ignorant, what is even more detrimental than this is the fact that there are others seen as being “religious” and professed themselves as “man-of-God”, yet do not fare any better that would add more fuel to the fire. When it comes to setting good examples as “godly” as learned men should and more so should religiously endeavour as being “religious” to reflect on what they stood for in a society crippled by crimes and domestic violence, yet often times they are the ones who would turn violent and commit crimes against humanity in the name of religion that is being seen as ridiculous than religious and which leaves much to be desired. So, who or what is to blame? Is it religion, humans, Satan or God?
But so sorry to say that the most sorry state of affair to date is religion because it had become practically impossible not to trigger in particular the “nerves” of one side of the other communities known for their violence to break loose and having the bad habit to either punish or kill people should anyone intentionally or not touches on the “sensitivity” of their religion in whatever ways or means that could be deemed as “blasphemy” or “insulting”. It’s almost like you are watching the live feed of the Satan and God at war with each other albeit it’s only us as humans at the forefront doing the dangerous job instead.
Since the infamous 9/11 happened, the word “extremist” had somewhat become something to be avoided at all cost even in the social media network especially when blogging. Why is such fear religiously permeating the society ostensibly? To most people, this may seem like the normal question of “respecting” and “tolerating” one another religion as necessary and a prelude to “peace” and “harmony” that had been wrongfully taken for granted by some quarters, thus such backlash happening. To me, it is not. In fact and to be honest, I see it as the sign of times that the end is near as prophesied by Jesus even while He was walking the earth. He has forewarned all His disciples about false prophets and false teachings in the last days.
True enough, one can easily see much of what has been happening in this era is evidently showing the biblical apocalypse already taking place and it’s paving the way for the second coming of Jesus to be fulfilled anytime soon. That is why, I find it no longer surprising to know that it has become the doctrine of some religious radicals or perhaps more like the doctrine of the Satan as a substitute to make it as their agenda [mission] to annihilate all the “infidels” for not worshiping the version of their “God” as the one and only Almighty God that again in my personal opinion is more like the Satan in disguise.
Nevertheless, one is expected to be extremely “careful” not to trigger the “sensitivities” of these religious “tai gor” [extremist] as it could go viral easily and give rise to the “justification” in raising hell on earth and more so, an excuse for bloodshed all in the name of man-made religion as in the case of what happened after the video, “Innocence of Muslims” went viral in the Internet not long ago. Whether one believes it or not, and much less like it or not – this is already one of the factual evidences of the sign of antiChrist to come in the last days that we are living now. This should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to be ready to face God on Judgment Day anytime soon.
Since the “supreme” [annihilation] approach has failed in a bid to have the world “Islamized” by striking fear in the hearts of non-Muslims, the “easy-going” approach now used is known as “reconciliation” which is pretty much the trademark of Christianity and the gospel of Jesus. That’s good, but is it good enough? Are they “reconciled” with God in the first place according to the gospel of Jesus or just among the Muslims brotherhood only? You see, it is not just Islam alone that is questionable. In fact, no other religions whether it’s Buddhism, Taoism or Hinduism for that matter can claim and substantiate their religions as having the divine power to bring people back to reconcile with God in the way Jesus does as in Christianity now! Apparently, if you don’t think they could become reconcile with God through the proper channel which is Jesus, it’s because what these religious people are fighting is a losing battle as it is…
The Man’s Battle
Undoubtedly, everyone knows all battles whatever humans are fighting one another would be at a time when people go to war literally. Is that not right? But then since going to war on a large-scale like the last two infamous World Wars where untold millions of people died had become a thing of the past, so what really are men fighting for now and yet still die without getting killed in real wars? I believe it could be anything and maybe everything except themselves. Is that not right too?
What seemed to be so amazing is that most people will have the natural instinct to know they are “born to fight” basically for their own survival and thus pretty much like animals either to kill or be killed. However, that is part and parcel of nature and it’s understandable. Is that not right? But in the case of those religious radicals who are holding the world with the “ransom” to embrace their religion or be annihilated, it is too far-fetched or rather ridiculous. Is that not right?
On the contrary, what seemed to be rather amusing is that until now not everyone knows why we existed in this world and much less why all humans must die to leave this world as in the case of those with the empty shells roaming the world without a sense of spiritual direction will even leave the one true Almighty God “scratching His Head” wondering what is wrong with humans for not using their “brains” to think, to reason and to choose wisely. Am I not right to say so?
So, why is it that we are likened as being trapped in a time warp with no way to escape no matter what? The reason is because you have been misled by religion to find the wrong key to unlock yourself to freedom now and forever! Do you think that by fighting to kill or be killed as in the animal kingdom, you will find your way to a “paradise” as a reward? And what exactly is the kind of “paradise” we are talking about here – a place only meant for the violent ones? We are not “animals”, are we? We are humans made in the image of God – so why fight and kill each other like animals do? Why don’t we come out of such dangerous satanic mindset and try asking ourselves another sensible question instead? Perhaps appropriate question like – what are we all SAVING each other for that we need not have to die eternally which is the reward of a real paradise? Do you know what that means? It simply means come back to ‘papa’ [God] by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ. Simple as that! Why confuse yourself unnecessarily with all those religious jargons?
Even then, after having achieved whatever all of us would have otherwise “fought” for in this life whether it’s about education, career, business, politics, women or perhaps even the latest craze fighting for “ownership” of this island or that island so small in the middle of the ocean that given the impact of global warming today can make these small islands easily disappear from the face the earth anytime soon, what else do you think can people look forward to in the next life that is far more important than all of these earthly things? Or could it be that there is nothing to look forward what is beyond the grave because you do not have the FAITH to look far enough?
Can anyone after having accomplished all the hard work of “fighting” to have this or own that, still continue to enjoy any or all of such “fruits of success” in another place at another time that are millions of light years away for all we know? That is exactly where the problem is with humanity! Why? Because we are always busy fighting a losing battle without knowing what exactly everyone is fighting for that will last even beyond the end of time! Still, the worst thing that is happening in this life now is when no one knows and much less bothers to find out “who” is the worst enemy to fight which would have done the job nicely in describing what Man’s battle is. What does that say? Does it at best only describe about others and not you and the Satan? Why not look in the mirror as I always do and you like me will see everything clearly and even “who” is rallying behind you?
Understandably, we do not need another outbreak of WW 3 to learn a bitter and unnecessary lesson of what war is whether it’s because of religion or not, do we? However, if we did not learn at school about the history of wars, we could not have learned about the two major wars that broke out for all the wrong reasons. Should there be another one breaking out especially if it is because of religion, you can rest be assured it would be a “war” that is even far worse than WW3 And that probably would be the biblical Armageddon!
The funny thing is which I believe ain’t funny anymore is that no one and even I would have ever realized that such a “war” has been going on longer than we as humans have ever known or imagined and that is the ‘Holy War’ I’m talking about now. I would not have gotten the slightest idea or clue if I had not have a chance to read the Holy Bible to know about it that I am now actually existing in this world because of the ‘Holy War’ that started when Lucifer got kicked out of heaven and having 9/11 to substantiate it as the best factual evidence mankind has ever known.
Humans have never been so wrong to think that perpetrating wars is a “right” thing to do and that it can right whatever wrongs done in this life. As such, it never comes as a surprise that Man is always fighting a losing battle and getting killed for no good reason. And no matter who “wins” or how many “enemies” killed, it would not make any difference at all if one cannot please the one true Almighty God by being obedient until death like Jesus to stand on His side regardless of what pain and sufferings we have to go through to win the crown He has promised to those who fought the good fight in 1 Timothy 6:12 and 2 Timothy 4:7 to finally say with a heart and conscience, “It is well with my soul”. So you can easily tell the total contrast between the ‘Holy War’ of the Christians and the ‘Holy Jihad’ of the Muslims by now, can you not?
No wars could be so rightfully and humanely won, if humans had inexplicably lost the most important battle to have a heart and conscience to exist as not only real human beings, but as ‘children of God’ in the kingdom of heaven that is made possible only by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ and no other ways – period!
Without the need to study history books, common sense will tell you that there are only 2 types of battle to fight in a war or so at least it seems to look as such to those who are smart enough to think so. One is to kill and the other is to save. What do you mean – to save? How can one go to war to “save” people when one is supposed to kill people? You probably think I am such a nutcase as one of those religious radicals, right? But I am afraid it’s you who is a nutcase if you think of me as such! By God’s definition of the ‘Holy War’, going to “war” does not necessary mean you have to kill your enemies to win the war. It is only by man’s definition that it is so, not with God! God only wants to SAVE us through Jesus, not kill us for goodness sake! It is us who do not want to be SAVED by God through Jesus that is getting us consciously and conscientiously killed now and forever! Do you still not get it in the head?
As in all battles that are usually man-made, you either take on the role of an army soldier to attack and kill your enemies, or as a doctor to administer medical attention only to “save” the wounded soldiers on your side because you cannot save the “enemies” that you are fighting literally, can you? But whatever the case, have you ever thought of the most important question to ask yourself? What is the real reason and purpose that you, as a human being, see so significant and glorifying in fighting and killing each other especially in wars? If you can answer this question truthfully without whacking your heart and conscience, then you will know whether you’re fighting Man’s battle or the Lord’s battle.
The most obvious answers in fighting that make sense to most people would be for territory, power, wealth and glory. Is it not so? What if you only achieved all these through the loss of many lives of which usually is the case, will then all your so-called victories last forever so much so you will have peace of mind until death? With so much blood on your hand, do you still think you can enjoy peace of mind and prosperity anymore? Of course you can if you do not have a heart and conscience as it’s no big deal to know that even evil people like Hitler had lived as an empty shell without a heart and conscience. Only problem is that humans stop living after death but not evil.
Evil will flourish as long as even “good men” are still vulnerable to be deceived by the Satan to execute punishment and death on his behalf. The least God could do was to lock him [the Satan] up for a thousand years according to the apostle John in Revelation 20, but his time is not up yet. So how in the world could you still enjoy power, wealth and glory at the cost of so many other innocent people’s lives just because you have never thought or ever imagined that the Satan can at different times double as “God” and the devil so to speak?
What does going to war means to you?
Conventionally speaking, most people will take it as the only way and means to show respect and patriotism in defending one’s country that comes with a heavy price to pay whether to kill or be killed. But the most depressing question is, how can it be accomplished without spilling blood and that of others? It’s impossible, isn’t it? To me, going to war is as good as killing oneself already in the heart and conscience even though one may not be killed by others.
To help you get the point, how about put it this way: Let’s say for instance your country sent you out to a battlefield somewhere to kill others who are your “enemies” but whom you have never met in your life and obviously never done you anything wrong. Now can you imagine the irony in killing and to prove the need to go to war? That is exactly what the wrong kind of satanic extremists would be perpetrating in today’s world because of religion which is the most powerful tool the Satan can ever get his hands on. So then, do you see it as the right reason or the wrong reason to kill? Perhaps, if you try to see it the LORD’s way and that by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus to die for our sins, this might change your perception in fighting your daily “battles” much more meaningfully as here is a battle that is not about killing but it’s about SAVING yourself and that of others with the gospel of Jesus Christ, not with guns and bombs. It is the only battle that you know you will win come what may if you become an “extremist” for Christ and find yourself fighting for…
The LORD’s Battle
You may ask: What are you trying to imply here about the LORD’s battle? Who are at war in the Lord’s battle? YOU – I’m afraid! Don’t think just because there’s “peace” and “quiet” out there there’s no war raging in the world. The real war is actually taking place ‘inside’ every one of us as long as we’re flesh and blood and as mortals who can and continue to sin against God with help from the Satan. As such, there’s a war called the ‘Holy War’ that involves everyone whether one is a Christian or not. Whether it’s you, or anyone, we all cannot escape fighting the LORD’s battle in this ‘Holy War’ like it or not. Yes, it’s either you are fighting for God or you are fighting God together with Lucifer. So take your pick. Not interested? Don’t want to get involved? It doesn’t matter because you will still not be spared from facing the consequence of your decision in the end no matter what. You will still be held accountable whether there is action or absence of action on your part as Christian or not as Christian. No one escapes – either the wrath of God or the reward of God.
So you asked, “Why me?” Since God is so powerful in every way, why then is there a need for me to fight in the LORD’s battle? Should He not have fought His own battle whoever He was fighting? No, you don’t understand as you have yet understood what were the implications and the truth about the Lord’s battle. Perhaps the reason you did not and could not see why is because you are not in the LORD’s battle yet. That is why you know nothing of what you are fighting for as a result.
Unlike humans’ battles where they always hunger for power and fight for it and then abuse it, the same cannot be said about the LORD’s battle. Why? This is because there’s a battle raging ‘inside’ not only you but every one of us. Unfortunately this also becomes the Lord’s battle because of our sins that got us separated from God. So now God is helping us to fight the battle within ourselves so that we can get back to become reconciled with Him once again. The battle is about obeying the gospel of Jesus yet it’s a battle that almost everyone is finding it very difficult to fight because of our sins that are making us more rebellious than ever to come back to God in the correct path. That’s why God sent His only Son, Jesus to make it all possible for us to repent and redeem ourselves.
In other words, you will never know and understand that God is actually doing you a favor without you even knowing it until you become a Christian “soldier”, or in this case – an “extremist” for Christ to save yourself first before you save others by sharing the good news of Jesus. So now is the time you should know the truth and stand up for it and be on God’s side. As God is righteous and holy, He cannot abuse His power to solve for you the problem of sin that you’ve incurred by just simply making it “disappear” like what Criss Angel as a magician can do with earthly things. Of course, what he [Criss] cannot do is to raise himself from the dead when the time comes, can he?
If He [God] more superior than humans did the shortcut, He would have violated the rules of the wager. Both of them [God and Lucifer] must stick to the rules of the wager that either side can have their own plans and ways in convincing humans to fight for either side but only no shortcuts. What really matters most in this “game” is the rule that allowed us the right to choose who to accept and obey or who not to accept and obey. This is the ongoing battle that we all are fighting or not choose to fight now that will decide where our destiny will bring us.
The Highlights of the Wager
According to the graciousness of God’s plan, He chose to convince humans with love and compassion to battle it out with the Satan who went with hatred and violence. So the only way to make it possible to happen that we all knew and understood was that God sent His only begotten Son Jesus on ‘the mission’ as a sacrificial Lamb to atone for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross. In having done so, God has definitely proven His sincerity in saving us and paving the way of reconciliation with Him. However, we all know by now that because of religion where the Satan has the greatest privilege and advantage to play around with. That is why this could be one of the reasons that there are still so many so-called humans keep straying further and further away from God to the point of no return.
So sadly it was Jesus who prophesied that humans would become blinded so much so that they do not know how to choose the best and the right choice even when they see before their eyes glaringly what’s best and right. So you wondered why? Is it because even my “pet” lizard knows how to choose between bread crumbs and scrambled eggs and humans do not? If so, I rather humans emulate my pet lizard so that they can choose the right choice and be spiritually healthy and saved. The reason people have problems making the better choice is because of man-made religion that leads us all to the wrong path and the culprit behind is no other than the Satan.
According to the crafty Satan’s plan, he chose to sow the seed of ignorance and confusion that will make humans become lost forever. He made this possible by using religion as his most powerful tool with its twist and turns to make it look and sound better even though it’s exactly the opposite of God’s plan. So you can see, he [the Satan] too, had his own brand of tricks up his sleeves. The only way to make it possible for him to fulfill ‘the mission’ and making it happen was to make sure ‘the mission’ to confuse and ignore went unchecked and unchallenged by other humans like me of course.
By using religion as his most powerful tool, it became clear he got no problem in leading all the unsuspecting humans to fall into his trap. Indeed it is so true and clear that still so many people have fallen into the snake pit of religion for not checking it out with the Holy Bible [God’s Word]. So everyone should know by now who is real the culprit behind and making it looked as though any religion is as good as Christianity or even “better”.
As he knew religion is the only obvious and workable trick to counter attack God’s salvation plan, the only way for it to work was to confuse people into believing that all religions will lead to the same “God” that was actually him [Satan] instead! You see, the Satan had always wanted to portray himself as “God” even as he got kicked out of heaven for having pulled such a stupid stunt against God. And that would make you look stupid too if you do the same. Even until now, he is using the same tactics to make a fool of humans through religion out of which even a mere human being like the Buddha ended up as a statue of worship. Is this not the same as idol-worshiping no matter how one looks at it or revered it? Even anyone making a statue of Jesus to worship is also seen as having committed idolatry in the sight of God. We should worship Jesus and God with our hearts and conscience, not with statues. What’s more, no one knows what exactly Jesus or God looks like. Do you?
That is why, it is so clear-cut to see that if anyone who fails to read the Bible and understand the urgency in obeying the gospel of Jesus which is ultimately God’s salvation plan, the person would highly likely end up as blind as those bats on the wrong side of the divide to fight against God and not knowing it. This is especially so with those who are still caught in the vicious trap of practicing all kinds of religion involving statutes that the one true Almighty God always abhorred since day one as testified in the Old Testament that even His chosen people, ‘children of Israel’ were not spared from the Satan’s deception to worship idols [Leviticus 17:7, 19:4, 26:1, 26:30] [Numbers 33:52][Deuteronomy 7:5, 12:13, 29:17].
Trust me, you will never be deceived ever again if you study the Bible, the Word of God and obey the gospel of Jesus in Jesus’ terms! When you do so and become a true Christian by trusting and praying to God always, He will open your eyes to see much better. But do watch out because he [Satan] is so powerful he could even enter Christendom and turn the tables on God’s children by causing divisions and denominations among the Christian brotherhood just to make a mockery of the Church that Jesus built and bought with His blood. Perhaps if you study the book of 1 and 2 Corinthians, you will have a better idea why the apostle Paul was so deeply concerned about the church falling apart with different ideologies and that’s after the devil had crept in to manifest himself as “God” exactly as what was sung by Elvis decades ago that goes by the title, “Devil’s In Disguise”.
You will not win the ‘Holy War’ in fighting your sin and that is, if you do not help God to help you fight in the Lord’s battle to eradicate the sin in you and that is the war you must fight at all cost whether you like it or not. If you don’t help God to help you fight in this battle which God is making it as His battle because of you, you shall be doomed for eternity. God does not want to see you ending up this way because of His love [John 3:16]. Therefore, you can’t afford to lose this ‘Holy War’ without even fighting it. To help you fight it, He has provided you “the truth, the way and life in John 14:6” to fight this battle of sin, death and the devil which will decide where your destiny will bring you at the end of the ‘Holy War’.
Now you do understand why a Christian “soldier” now is calling you to obey the gospel of Jesus so that you too, can become the Lord’s soldier fighting in the Lord’s battle to extricate you from the disaster of facing the spiritual death [second death – Revelation 2:11, 20:6, 20:14, 21:8] because of your sin. Even though God who is the Almighty and so powerful in heaven and on earth that He could easily crush you or the Satan at any time and no problem doing so, yet He is so righteous and honourable that He would not fall into the trap in abusing His power to do so. This alone is good enough to show how unmistakably humble yet so almighty He is that He would never abuse His power to save you, nor would He forsake you to die in eternity without lifting a finger to help. So should you not reciprocate His graciousness by coming back to Him on the correct path that Jesus had paved for you with His blood?
We as human beings don’t exist here on earth just for the fun and sun. We do exist for a true purpose. It’s time you know what true purpose it is that you came into this world to die for. Don’t leave this world knowing you have ‘unfinished business’ to fulfil because if you do, that would be a piece of bad news carried forward beyond the grave. Let the good news of Jesus save you – now or never!
But if anyone is going to die in eternity for not obeying the gospel of Jesus, it would have been the choice that one made voluntarily and thus, should not put the blame on God because we are all given the freedom to choose our own path while we are still breathing. What’s more, we have been graciously warned! No humans or even God got the right to force down your throat what you decide for your own eternity whether it’s good news or bad news. Anyone doing so will risk answering to God and paying a heavy price in the end. So it’s best to leave all judgments and “punishment” to Him and not try to be a smart aleck and act as though you are “God” in giving the marching orders to people to do this and that or not do this and that.
If you have heard of the sayings that animals bite the hands that feed, so are humans too and worse! Why worse? If you found out much to your chagrin that you have not been having a relationship with the one and only true God that sent Jesus to make everyone’s reconciliation with Him possible, then it is easily understood that you are pretty much allowing the Satan in succeeding as a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ to dupe you by making you bite the hands of God that feed. Practicing man-made religion is already a clear sign of you doing so!
Do not forget. The Satan also has the power to transform himself as an “angel” of God to even lead “men-of-God” astray and to make them rebel against Him by using religion as his most powerful weapon to screw up the minds of those mediocre and one-sided thinking people. Do you not know that the Satan also knows the hearts of men who are as eager as him to become as powerful as “God” to judge and punish people? That’s why, you can see so easily and clearly it is happening today even as religious radicals are acting as though they are as “righteous” and “holy” as God in judging who can live and who should die according to their religious edicts and man-made doctrines, yet at the same time, they have failed to realize that they are religiously screw up in their head to act as such and that they too will face God on Judgment Day – one day.
When it comes to the LORD’s battle, you have a dual role to play. You take on the role as a “soldier” for Christ to fight the dark forces of evil by making sure you don’t kill the humans in the battle. You also take on the role as a “doctor” to administer the hope of salvation on those spiritually wounded on either side in making sure all humans involved in the battle shall be saved in the long run even though they may die physically one day. Now, that’s a real toughie alright, but the reward is so priceless it cannot be counted, weighed, or measured in any way. Hence, this brings us to an understanding that the battle implicated here is between good and evil, right and wrong and needless to say, God and the Satan, but not without first setting your heart and conscience right with God by obeying the gospel of Jesus to win this ‘Holy War’.
Undoubtedly, everyone knows it is easier to comprehend that the nature of going into the battlefield is to kill, is it not correct? But to save – it does not make sense, does it? Who would be such a fool to go into the battlefield to “save” the enemies? Until you get all my points of view right where a lot of “figure-of-speech” used, you will not see and understand what the LORD’s battle means and is all about. What you most likely fail to comprehend is that I’m not talking about the physical battle that people going into the battlefield to fight be it the right or wrong reason. I’m actually talking about the spiritual ‘Holy War that started when Lucifer got kicked out of heaven. It is a battle that is ongoing without us knowing or seeing it as the way we wanted. Only by getting it right first in your head will you fully comprehend the meaning behind and the real purpose of fighting to save ourselves from eternal damnation.
The LORD’s battle is not something as though so “invisible” that you cannot see. Trust me, you will ‘see’ it the moment you open the Bible and study the Word of God. You will ‘see’ it the moment you read about the good news how Jesus suffered and died for you so that you may live in eternity as one of the ‘sons of God’ or ‘children of God’ in the kingdom of heaven. It is happening everyday as long as you’re still breathing. It is not so much about the fight between good and evil to begin with. It is about a fight within you to bring back your heart and conscience which is the only most powerful tool that you cannot live without. Without it, you are as good as dead. How can someone who is dead able to do anything, let alone fight. You have to come back alive [spiritually] first by bringing back your heart and conscience and not violating it any further with man-made religions.
The only way that is possible is to obey the gospel of Jesus and be raised from the dead together with Jesus in baptism by repenting. Understandably that’s how you fight in the LORD’s battle when you have a clear conscience to set your heart right with God.
The Hands of the LORD
If you study history on battles fought by humans with one another whether rightly or wrongly, one thing for sure you learned is that it involved much bloodshed with countless loss of lives, and worse, hardship and sufferings will follow in the aftermath for the losing side. Of course, you also learned that no battles could be won without using weapons to kill no matter how well organised the military conscription turned out on either side. But still, people have not learned that this type of battle usually fail to bring forth nothing good but only serve to glorify violence, power and greed simply because it’s Man’s battles. That’s when such man-made victories made the Satan becoming all the more powerful on earth in preparing for his last battle with the one true Almighty God in what would be the Armageddon as revealed in the Book of Revelation 16:14-16.
If you study the Bible especially the Old Testament, you will read about the history of many battles the kings of Israel fought from one generation to another not with the Philistines only. Not surprisingly, the fighting in Israel with the Palestinians today is so “intense” with all the advance artillery and support from its American ally that in which case the people of the Palestine and some other Arab nations who have been their long time contender are no match to them in any way. But ironically, one thing you will find missing in the way the people of Israel now fight is a far cry from the past. They no longer fight the way their ancestor kings such as King David did in the biblical era. He had the most powerful weapon ever to fight and winning battles when the “Hands of the LORD” [2 Samuel 24:14] was on his side!
Who is your enemy anyway?
It is almost unavoidable for anyone whether screwed up or not to ask this question because it is so clear what is in front of you would likely [100%] be your enemy. If you are fighting in a war and in the front line, why would you be ordered to charge forward for? That’s because your enemies to kill are in front and not behind. Is that not right? But in the LORD’s battle, the only real enemy is the Satan who will rally behind you to shoot and kill what is in front of you or be killed.
So understandably – if you look in the mirror, your enemy is right before your eyes but whom you cannot fight in your own way, in your own terms and by yourself and so is saving yourself or healing your wounds that sin has caused you. And in any case that you found out your enemy [sin, death and the devil] is in you, can you shoot yourself to redeem yourself? And why then don’t you shoot yourself if you think such redemption is possible and necessary? If you do and if everybody also found out did the same, everybody would have been dead and long gone, don’t you think so? Then, it would have saved Jesus the trouble to come down from heaven to suffer and die for you.
To put it bluntly, without Jesus coming to your rescue, you are helpless and hopeless on your own waiting for the Satan to devour you at any time that you are making it possible for him to do so because of you failing to obey God’s commandment to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every day, everyone is fighting this battle in what is known as “the Lord’s Battle” in 1 Samuel 1:45. If you are not in this battle, that means you are already dead and so sorry to say so because that is according to God’s point of view in the Bible, not mine. We are fighting it the moment we wake up and go about our daily routine. Sometimes, we are even fighting it just to get a good night sleep because of guilty conscience. It’s not surprising that people are not aware of the implication and seriousness of such war that is “invisible” to our eyes but not absent in our heart and conscience. Even though we know there’s no real major war going on and yet, you feel as though there is still no peace and harmony inside, only dead emptiness. Why? That’s because the war is not about fighting others outside. If you keep doing so, it is the same as throwing punches at the person in a mirror that will do more harm than good.
The real war is actually raging inside every one of us to save ourselves and others. We will definitely not win this war if we do not realize our lives and destiny are at stake because we simply fail to see the consequences of fighting it without an “invisible” weapon that is within our reach as what the prophet Samuel reminded us that, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands” [1 Samuel 17:47]. Such was the case that many well-known kings like King David who failed and disappointed God during the biblical times and lost the battles to have God on their side to fight and so will you.
In fact, the Bible has recorded in the Old Testament that even in real battles that people like King David who fought against his enemy who were the Philistines at that time, had at one time become so arrogant and forgetful that he believed he could fight and win battles without help from God because he had foolishly thought he had garnered enough men and that the military might itself was good enough to fight and conquer his enemies. But he was proven wrong later that it was not the number of men in the army that was the strength or the arsenal might in winning battles, but a humble heart to obey God and seek His kingdom and His righteousness first. This is a lesson that until today those who have the military might [nuclear weapon now] to fight others still have not learned to engage the power to fight and win battles by obeying the gospel of Jesus first to fulfill God’s will and plan which is the absolute winning combination in the mother of all battles.
You may win the battle for territorial gains, political power or just to mollify yourself, but if you lose the fight to secure an eternal resting place for your soul first, what’s the point? Unless you don’t think you have a SOUL, you cannot afford to compromise your SOUL over earthly things that will NOT last but suffer in eternity, can you? Don’t you think it is so sad that people still are not setting their priorities right according to God’s will and plan?
As it is, it would be so easy to tell by now that religion is only bringing people further and further away from God – not closer for goodness sake! Such is the only intention and goal of the Satan to keep humans separated from God. In John 14:30, Jesus described the Satan as the “prince” of this world but who has no hold on Him. Now if you have Jesus living in you and [He] in you, then you would be 100% certain that the Satan has no hold on you either. However, it is possible only when you have obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ because this is the only choice left to become reconciled and have a spiritual relationship with the one true Almighty God again who can save you from getting killed eternally in the mother of all battles which is the ‘Holy War’.
Even more so, this is the one and only true “extremism” that people do not need to be afraid to embrace because it is the only correct path that God had shown us that will lead us to eternal salvation in the end. Since the Bible already showed us the way, the truth and the life to God is only through Jesus in John 14:6 and none others, why still keep banging your head against the wall by practicing religions that are man-made and proven not to be divinely endorsed by the one true Almighty God?
Do not carry on bluffing yourself that other ways [religion] can lead you back to God. No – they definitely and 100% do not! I would back this up with the “cross my heart and hope to die” oath. Of course, you still have all the rights in the world to insist your religion whatever it is, is right, but what’s the point if God says otherwise? So why keep rebelling against God and ignore the call to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ? Is it really worth it?