What are we fighting for? "I’m an evangelical Christian. And I’m not Amish, Quaker, or Mennonite. I own several guns and still believe that the smell of a recently fired shotgun on a crisp fall morning comes darn near close to paradise. But I’ve tried my hardest to understand God’s Word and the diverse perspectives of those who read it. And the more I study, the more I discuss, the more I’ve become convinced: Christians shouldn’t kill or use violence — not even in war." With these words, Preston Sprinkle jumps into a compelling, passionate study of God’s perspective on violence. Examining both the seemingly angry, violent God of the Old Testament and the peacemaking Jesus of the New, Preston takes us back to Scripture to discern how God has really called His people to think and live in the midst of a violent world. He asks us to join him in inviting God to challenge our presuppositions, to set aside our biases and backgrounds and fears ... and to seek above all else to faithfully follow the Savior who humbly submitted to God in the face of injustice and violence.
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Preston Sprinkle is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We’ve Made Up. He has a PhD in New Testament from Aberdeen University and currently teaches at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, California, where he lives with his wife and four kids.From Publishers Weekly:
Sprinkle (Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and the Things We've Made Up), a gun-owning believer, asks Christians, especially evangelical Christians, to look anew at Christianity and violence. The book tackles difficult parts of the Old Testament to argue that nonviolence is at the core of God's plan for humanity. In the bloodiest parts of the Old Testament, God vanquishes foes when humans step aside and trust in him rather than chariots and weapons. The New Testament continues this theme when Jesus preaches love of enemies and uses non-violence to defeat evil. Even Revelation shows Jesus vanquishing Satan through suffering, not violence. Having surveyed the Bible, Sprinkle then addresses challenging questions, such as what to do if an armed intruder threatens a family, whether Jesus was violent in expelling the moneylenders, and whether it would have been right to assassinate Hitler. The book does not explore how submission and forgiveness can be used against women and minorities, but is persuasive in its argument that the Bible expects Christians to suffer rather than inflict harm.
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Book Description Oasis Audio, 2013. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 5.50x6.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1613753802