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Will there be knives in heaven?

 

Will there be knives in heaven?
I’m sure, Lord, that there won’t,
For none there can ignore
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t lie, deceive, or steal –
And do not kill. 

Will there be guns in heaven?  
I’m confident there won’t,
For none there can dismiss
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t mock, condemn, or judge –
And do not kill.

Will there be bombs in heaven?
I’m certain that there won’t,
For none there can refuse
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t hate, despise, or harm –
And do not kill.

So how, Lord, could we ever want 
To end another’s life, 
When such deeds mean rejecting 
All that’s good?

For you, Lord, taught us clearly, 
Throughout your time on earth,
That we must build your kingdom here, 
With love. 

 

References

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

Do not kill (Mark 10:19; KJV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT). 

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

Go and spread the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 9:60; CSB).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

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Religions

I hate all your show and pretence – the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies (Amos 5:21; NLT).

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless (James 1:26; NLT).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you (James 1:27; NLT).

 

Lord,
I wish there were no
Religions”
In this world –

For all we need
Is kindness,
Wisdom,

Love,
And joy,
And peace.

 

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Freedom

“God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

He has sent me … to proclaim freedom for the captives (Isaiah 61:1; NIV).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

 

Lord,
I pray for those who value spoken worship,
And for those who love silence;

For those who prostrate themselves before you,
And for those who simply bow their heads;

For those who say long, formal prayers,
And for those who only whisper, ‘Lord, have mercy’;

For those who want freedom for themselves alone,
And for those who want abundant life for all;

For those who slaughter others in your name,
And for the families and friends of those they kill.

I ask all this through Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Desecration

He created the earth and everything in it (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

…those who do evil prove that they do not know God (3 John 1:11; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).


Father,
You create the earth,
And all that’s in it,
Including humankind.

Everything we make
Relies entirely
On the natural resources
You provide.

Yet we desecrate your precious gifts,
Using them to fashion
Instruments of war
That maim and kill.

Lord,
When we do evil,
We prove we don’t know you
At all –
For you are love.

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FLOGGING

Flogging 

They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again (Luke 18:33; NLT).

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. […] And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah” (Acts 5:40-42; NLT).

“For you will be treated as you treat others” (Matthew 7:2; NLT).

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:45-6; NLT).


Lord,
We can’t destroy
Freedom of thought
By flogging people
Whose ideas we don’t like;

But if we could,
What would it say about us,
And what punishment would await us
After our death?

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Too much

Too much 

Look now; I myself am he! There is no other god but me! I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the one who wounds and heals; no one can be rescued from my powerful hand! (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant (Genesis 32:10; NLT).

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by (Exodus 33; 22; NLT).


Father,
You’re far too much for me –
Too big,
Too overwhelming,
And too strong!

I’m just a weak
And sinful soul –
I don’t deserve
To have you near.

Please shield me
From your awesome power,
And hide me
Till you have passed by;

For I’m afraid
When you draw close
To listen to my prayers,
And speak to me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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