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War.

1. Hostile conflict bet. nations and states (internat. war) or bet. parties in the same nation or state (civil war); cold war falls short of engagement by arms.

2. The hist. of the Children of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Exile is mainly an account of wars.

3. Many of these wars were waged with God's consent or at His direction. Some of the wars were God's punishment (cf., e.g., Dt 28:47–68) for such sins as contempt of the Word of God (Lv 26:21–25; 1 Ki 8:33), shedding innocent blood (2 Sm 12:9–10).

4. AC XVI: “It is taught among us that all government in the world and all established rule and laws were instituted and ordained by God for the sake of good order, and that Christians may without sin occupy civil offices or serve as princes and judges, render decisions and pass sentences according to imperial and other existing laws, punish evildoers with the sword, engage in just wars, serve as soldiers, buy and sell, take required oaths, possess property, be married, etc.


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