Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The spirit of War thrives on the Flesh

The spirit of war is one that seems universal, and indeed it is. All sins are universally committed. However, the spirit of war is one that the world is united it, and yet divided by. This is a very crucial paradox.

The spirit of war is one that thrives on the sins of the flesh. The flesh is hostile against God and therefore the Spirit. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would (Galatians 5:17).  The flesh is against the Spirit and therefore not only unable to produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit, but hostile against its fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). 


All wars that a person commits against others is of the flesh. What is meant by wars is not merely armed conflicts produced by nations. It also includes culture wars, the hatred of conservatives by liberals, liberals by conservative, the west by islamic terrorist, islamic terrorists by the west; the hatred of Liberals by Labor, and Labor by Liberals, secularists by religious people, and religious people by secularists. 


The world is full of hate. Many Christians think the world is united in its hatred of the true Church, and it is. However, many Christians fail to realise the the world is extremely divided in all matters other than Jesus Christ crucified. The world lives by the flesh. Thus, it does not or cannot produce  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It may think that these are good things or even praise the Bible for promoting these things. However, it cannot understand these things for what they truly. Thus, it has its own twisted ways of  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, just as the world has a twisted perverted sense of justice.


It is the twisting and perversion of justice, love, peace and mercy that results in wars. These fruits of the Spirit are either produced or not produced. That is, a person loves, or has no love. A person is just, or is not just. A person has mercy, or has no mercy. There are no middle grounds with what God demands of humanity. Thus, where a person has no love, justice,  peace or mercy, the person will inevitably live by hate, twisted self-seeking false justice, false ideas of peace and twist mercy. Since the world lies according to lies about what it means to be just, merciful and loving, it will live according to its own fleshly pleasures. It will seek justice, but according to its self-interests. It will praise mercy, but only for its self-interests. It will seek love, but give love only selfishly. It will only love those who love them. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? (Matthew 5:46). 


The world seeks after justice because it loves itself. Justice is to judge a person according to his or her deed. The world, of course, who knows no righteousness will judge according to its flesh and not by God's standards.  The sins of the flesh are  sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like (Galatians 5:19-21). Every single war that occurs leads to these sins. The world judges what is right according to the threats to pleasures enjoyed by the flesh -  sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like​. Thus, it wages wars according to standards that enable to it feed on such fleshly desires, whether it is anger, jealous, envy, rage or hatred.


Wars thrive on lies and deceptions - not only of others but of those who wage them. They think they are just in doing so. Waging of war on others create a sense of pride which feed the flesh. Such is the spirit of war. Likewise as mammon also feed on the flesh, the spirit of war and mammon work together to create more conflict and division between individuals, groups and nations. Such anger, strife and hatred is stirred up among groups which then war against each other, thinking they are just and right to do so.


Such is a loveless world.