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The Pope says "yes" to military strikes on ISIS. If you're Googling "hell," chances are you live in a tough neighborhood. And how to prevent that "hormonal rush."

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. YES, I do read every paragraph… But some days I don’t read them the moment they are posted. I always feel “in the know” about religious news around the world. LOVE RNS!

  2. Concerning the Pope’s call for battle and military intervention, that goes against Jesus’ command to love your neighbor or fellowman as yourself (Luke 10:27).

    It also goes against Jesus’ admonition to love your enemies and pray for those persecuting you (Matthew 5:44); as well as Paul’s admonition to feed your enemy if he is hungry and provide drink if he is thirsty (Romans 12:20).

    It is important to remember, as Paul also said, that we should not avenge someone if they have done us wrong, but that God would avenge those who did the wrong (Romans 12:19).

    So what if we lose our life through terrorists or violent ones during war? Again, as Jesus says: “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25). Thus, the resurrection hope is available to those who have passed away but remained faithful to God and followed the example of Jesus, his son (Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29) to be peaceable toward all men (Romans 12:18).

    Thus, true Christians can be no part of the world, just as Jesus was, when it comes to the world’s national or international conflicts and must remain neutral.

    One’s faith in God and his kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) as the only hope for mankind must go before nationalism and the destruction of our fellowman, even though he may be wicked. All wicked ones on earth will soon be destroyed by that kingdom (Psalm 37:10,11).

    • Fran, I really hope you can “walk the talk” when terrorists bang down your door. As a young friend said to me, “I’m not afraid of dying, it’s the stuff they do before they kill me that’s frightening.”

      • Rose, I shall walk the talk and exercise strong faith in God’s promises, even when faced with persecution, imprisonment or death, as the apostles in the Bible book of Acts did.

        If I die at a terrorist’s hand, even here in the USA (one never knows the future actions of our government or other groups of people who may become “militant “) so be it!

        Many of my “spiritual brothers and sisters” were imprisoned with the Jews by the Nazis in concentration camps for being conscientious objectors to war, not “heiling” Hitler nor making weapons of war. All they had to do was sign a declaration renouncing their faith, and they would be released. But they refused to do so, since their allegiance went to God’s kingdom as the only hope for mankind. Many met their death there and some even survived those camps!! If you want more information on one who survived from Austria, Google the book, “Unbroken Will”, which a man wrote about his experiences in 3 different locations.

        If I die, for any reason, I will only be taking a “little nap”, sleeping in death and awaiting resurrection back to life on a cleansed earth during Jesus’ upcoming 1,000-yr rule. 😀 😀

  3. Here’s The Tennessean’s original article on the SBC and marriage: I don’t think it ever says the denomination set a policy. But if the ERLC holds a conference for pastors and presents a speaker who suggests they encourage members of their congregations to marry younger, seems like at least an endorsement.

  4. ..On the other hand, people may also google “Hell” because they live there..,_Norway and want to know what the opening hours of the local shopping mall (of corse there is a shopping mall in Hell) is open

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