“Do all to the glory of God.”
Is God glorified in such fighting activities, e.g. Boxing, Martial arts and physical fights, Wrestling, a neighbour against his neighbour?
God say: love your neighbour as yourself.
How can you love your neighbour when you are willing to smash his head in or mutilate his face, or to get the physical victory over him, to pummel his body, and overpower him in a show of strength, and mastery? For What? For empty and deluded glory that will pass away? For a few measley dollars? For a piece of metal in the shape of a cup or urn, with your name on it…in gold? For a belt you can tie around your waist as a badge to earn you respect and acclaim?
We are chasing JUNK!
And we earn it by our fists or feet
fueled by our anger and greed and desire
to get to the top.
God says: If someone smites you on the cheek, turn to him the other.
The world says that ‘s crazy! Turn the other cheek!!??
…but Jesus turned the other cheek.
Who among all the sages, and prophets, the religious leaders of the myriads of religions in the world, who claim to have the true word of God, ever turned the other cheek…and prayed for them instead, and showed them kindness, and mercy? Who but Jesus of Nazareth? Who but Jesus wept for them and cried “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” -? Who but Jesus died for them, and took all their sins and wretchedness of heart, and hypocrisy, and murderous intent upon himself so that they may indeed be forgiven and have a door to Heaven opened for them?
Boxing goes back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. “The first official bout was registered in England in 1681.” – http://fightclubamerica.com/about/history-of-boxing/
The ancient Chinese used a form of wrestling 4000 years ago. Egyptians, Babylonians, and other cultures used early forms of wrestling, some of which still exist today.
The whole philosophy behind these physical arts of fighting, which have their roots in human warfare and in many cases – spirits of devils, make it impossible for you to stand there and take direct hits on your face and body, without fighting back. Self defence!
God says: Know you not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost.
Will you allow your body – the Temple of the Holy Ghost of God, to be pummeled and messed up for glory and fame, for money and prestige? Will you do so to some one else’s body…a body made for the glory of God and not the glory of man?
God says: And God made man in the image and likeness of God.
Male and female made He them.
How can you hit another fellow man repeatedly, who is made in the image and likeness of God as you are?
God says: Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
Boxing, and other martial arts, etc, do not allow for meekness.
God says: Whatever a man sows that shall he also reap.
Every stroke you give you fellow man, will be repaid to you again manifold in the life hereafter, and it won’t be by another man… but some other.
God says: Do unto others what you would have them do to you.
The rewards for your actions in the ring will follow you into the future, possibly after your mortal life. – If you do not repent!
God says: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
To hurt your fellow man even if by agreement is an evil work. Don’t do it.
God says: He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32
Better to rule your spirit than to rule with your fists or feet.
God says: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9
The one who fights in the ring has some form of anger motivating him…which is for fools only. And those who go and see such violence are just as foolish. and of course you can watch it in your own home now or on your ipad or some other electronic device. Cease from this foolishness, lest you be found a fool at your end.
God says: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8
If you are going to follow Jesus you cannot do what boxers and fighters do.
God says: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Ephesians 4:31
Put fighting away from you
God says: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (temporal, fleshy), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 2Corinthians 10:4
Jesus said pray for those who hate you and despitefully use you. Bless and do not curse.
My friends, Jesus prayed for people who struck Him and He did NOT strike back.
Jesus said follow Me.
If you will follow Jesus, you will never be able to go into a ring and hit an oppponent with force and still be pleasing to God. No such thing exists in Heaven.
You will never be able to fight with your fists or with man made instruments, on the streets.
Jesus never defended Himself with His fists or with His feet or with any man made instrument.
If you are going to follow Jesus you will never be able to do what the people of the world do….they fight for money, for fame, for domination, for glory, for self gratification…Jesus never did this.
Are you going to follow Him?
The Scriptures (see above) are like lamps for your feet so you may know what to do, and as lights ahead to make your direction clear.
Your opponent in the ring is also made in the image and likeness of God just like you are. Are you going to hit someone made in the image of God. To do so is to violate God’s honour and majesty.
Jesus said, whatever you do to the least of these My brothers you have done it to Me. Jesus says “WHATEVER you do”.
As Jesus does not put boundaries on that statement, will you strike Jesus?
Can you really ‘fight’ your opponent in the ring and say thank You God for helping me to fight and hit with my fists and my feet and gain the mastery over my opponent? Honestly?
Jesus told Pilate, My kingdom is NOT of this world or else My servants would fight (with swords and man made weapons).
If you will follow Jesus you CANNOT fight as the world fights.
What you need to do is quit these activities and instead humble yourself and get on your knees and fight with prayer for your own soul and theirs.
Boxing, and other martial arts require much time consuming training. This time could be put into praying for those who would fight against you or threaten your family.
Many children – millions of children all over the world are being trained in martial arts – particularly in the Martial arts (the art of warfare). In the west it is promoted as being able to defend yourself. But these poor children are being trained to hate their fellow man, their neighbours. On the outside they may be as nice as pie, but in their hearts they are filled with violence and corruption.
Children do not need to fight with their fists to protect themselves. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to deliver us from all evil, even the evil in our own souls. That love of God revealed in Jesus Christ to the world is greater than all martial arts and all the powers and abilites of mankind to defend himself. The cry of a child to Father God has greater power than all the weapons of human invention. The cry of a humbled heart is greater than all the atomic or nuclear bombs man could ever muster in a billion years. You can gain your own safety but lose your soul.
The weapons of warfare that Jesus Christ speaks to us about are prayer to our Heavenly Father in Jesus’ name and getting the word of God into our mind and heart, and doing it.
The devil comes to steal, to kill and destroy. He is all over the martial art scene; that is his trademark*. He is the author of violence of neighbour against a neighbour.
Jesus said that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy – John 10.
Neither martial arts, boxing, or any kind of human fighting, will bring peace of mind or soul to anyone. It will NOT gain you entrance into Heaven.
“Arabia: according to Arabic literature, Muhammed defeated a skeptic in a famous wrestling match.” – http://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-wrestling.htm
Did Muhammed live a life of turning the other cheek?
Children need to be taught how to pray to God their Father in Heaven, who is Lord over all things and is able to rescue them from any kind of trouble or take them through it, into His presence. God’s love is greater than man’s hatred, or his power, or his anger, or his pride.
There is nothing wrong with looking after yourself, keeping yourself healthy, taking general good care of your body. This applies to children, as it does for adults. For many people, more than half the population of the earth in fact, the means to take adequate care of yourself is very small or, impossible. But anyone, young or old, can pray in simple faith to God through Jesus Christ. any one young or old can call upon the name of Jesus when being threatened by fears, or by physical means. You don’t need money to do this, nor do you need material things, you just need faith in God – just like a little child.
Human fighting breeds trouble.
God says –
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:5
Cain leaned on the strength of his own arm as he sought to gain the mastery over his younger brother who had not even threatened him. Cain was cursed, because he depaarted from the Lord his God.
Ever since that time men have sought to gain the mastery over others. AND, so too women. We have women gladly fighting against other women in many forms of violent for the sake of power, or glory, or prestige.
People who threaten others are insecure and have no peace in their soul. People who watch others and enjoy people threaten each other, are just as guilty in the sight of God.
I do not say these things to condemn anyone. I have been just as guilty as anyone. There is a certain adrenalin rush, a certain feeling in the body, of emotion, a certain kind of thinking that tends to takeover, even rational thought. It is addictive. It is alsoa doorway to the spirit world of Satan. He loves these foolish soul destroying activities, and he loves to see God’s people being destroyed for lack of the knowledge of the truth.
The thoughts that find pleasure in these things ARE NOT to the honour of Jesus Christ, and thus do not nor could they ever honour God, the Father of all the spirits of men.
If you are involved in such sports as these, such activities, or you are just a willing spectator, please…cease from this trouble…it will cause much pain and grief at your latter end. Turn away from it. It will destroy your soul.
Turn back to God, who alone will be your refuge in time of trouble. Trust only in Him. Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus who will save your soul, and who is well able to rescue you in times of temporal trouble.
“And fear not them which kill the body,
but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear Him
which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Pray for people who are involved in these things.
“Eagerly pursue peace and holiness with all,
without which no one will see the Lord,
watching diligently that not any lack from the grace of God,
that “no root of bitterness growing up” may crowd “in on you”,
and through this many be defiled;”
Hebrews 12:14,15 – LITV
The peace and holiness spoken of here is not according to some notion or religious idea of man, or religion or church, but according to that which is only available through Jesus Christ our Lord.