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How Evangelicals and LDS / Mormons view War

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Evangelical View on War
Evangelicals generally hold to a “just war” theory when it comes to the use of military force. According to this belief, war can be justified if it meets certain criteria, such as being a last resort, having a just cause, and being undertaken with the right intentions. Many Evangelicals also emphasize the need to protect the innocent and uphold justice when considering military action.

LDS / Mormon View on War
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the LDS or Mormon Church, teaches that war should only be engaged in when necessary for the defense of one’s country or family. They believe in following the laws of the land and honoring governments and leaders while seeking for peaceful resolutions to conflicts whenever possible. The LDS Church also promotes the idea of seeking to establish peace and avoiding unnecessary bloodshed.

Differences in Views
One key difference between the Evangelical and LDS views on war lies in the criteria for justifying military action. While Evangelicals rely on the “just war” theory, which sets specific conditions for when war can be considered just, Mormons focus on the principles of defense, obedience to governments, and seeking peaceful resolutions.

Overall, both Evangelicals and LDS members seek to uphold principles of justice, peace, and the protection of innocent lives when considering the use of military force. Their beliefs on war are guided by a desire to align with God’s will and promote the well-being of humanity.

Bible Verses About War

1. “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.” – Exodus 15:3
2. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” – Psalm 144:1
3. “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” – Deuteronomy 20:4
4. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9

LDS / Mormon:
1. “Yea, and I will also bring to light my gospel which was ministered unto them, and, behold, they shall not deny that which you have received, but they shall build it up, and shall bring to light the true points of my doctrine, yea, and the only doctrine which is in me.” – Doctrine and Covenants 10:62
2. “But now, verily I say, the time has come, and is now at hand; and behold, and lo, it must needs be that there be an organization of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the storehouse for the poor of my people, both in this place and in the land of Zion—” – Doctrine and Covenants 104:86
3. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” – 3 Nephi 12:9
4. “And again, through my servant Joseph, shall the law be given, that inasmuch as ye obtain lands for inheritance, they shall be consecrated unto the Lord, to be a ruler and a teacher over his own lands, for the purpose of receiving the riches of the earth—” – Doctrine and Covenants 57:6

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