Saluting with misty eyes
...if a person is called by God, and that person accepts the calling by repenting of his/her sins, and is baptized, at that point or soon after, that person will receive the Holy Spirit of God. It is only then, will that person understand and know what sin is.
I was baptised as a child, and was raised in the Church, and went to classes to teach me about G-d and all things related. I was sentenced to the Catholic Penetentiary System for a number of years (Catholic Schools) being taught by those who would know best... the nuns and priests. I was also training to become a priest when I realized that my life was meant to travel a different path. I went to Mass every Sunday. When I was an altar boy, I served Mass every day, and listened to His word as written in the scriptures. I was in adult religious training classes as a 15 year old because of my advanced knowledge...I was confirmed Catholic when I was 14, and was assisting with teaching religious faith to kids by the time I was 16 until I joined the Marine Corps, when I took over my own class for several monthys until I was transferred. By most people's standards, I would be presumed to have accepted the calling of G-d. Yet, according to your statement (if I am to understand it) I cannot have accepted Chirst, because I joined the Marines.
Only the doctors or nurses, etc., whom serve in the military, and ARE TRUE Christians could answer that...
According to you, they could not be true Christians as they are in the military, and might possibly have to kill someone (as do civilian doctors who "pull the plug").
When did I ever say that it is wrong to save a life? Don't mix issues. Saving a life whether in the military or anything else has nothing to do with killing a human life.
As they are in the military, they might be required to take a life.. this is a fair question, as it involves someone doig His works while they are in a position to disobey His laws.
How about them? God has his purpose and the overwhelming majority of the human race aren't being called at this time.
I am still confused, as it seems to me that you are talking two different stories (that is not an attack,merely my misunderstanding, I fear). The question still remains: These people, according to your statement, are not TRUE Christians because they are in the military (most of them willingly) yet they are doing His works, by doing unto the least of their brothers. I am almost positive that many of these people feel that they have been Saved, and that they are doing His works, yet according to you, they cannot be True Christians, though they feel they are. Which is the true version of the story? Are they being misled because they are, by their own admittance, Bathed in the Blood and are still in a position to destroy another human life?
Paradise is not to be confused with the misconception of going to heaven
UH... a little clarification, please? 40 years of religious indoctrination,(including a year of pre-seminary studies) has taught me that this is the same thing. How can that many preists, and protestant ministers be completely wrong about it?
"... the rest is silence"
from the song The Flesh Failures