So we should only follow the teachings of Jesus in a perfect world? Well dont hold your breath waiting for that to happen. The condition of this world is dependent on how we act, so unless our actions approach perfection, our world never will. I see that many of your justifications are based on fear: fear of getting blown up by terrorists, fear of someone killing you or your family, etc. But as much as you love your life (body) and family, aren't these earthly things? Arent we told not to love the things of the earth, because they are only fleeting and fade away? It is said in the bible that one cannot serve two masters at the same time. So each person has to choose which master to follow, God or love of earthly things. I am not saying that it is an easy choice. And I do not know how I would react in a situation where I was faced with killing someone to save myself or my family. I am not writing these things from a perfect perspective, I am just like you. But the thread is about how to respond to evil, and if we are Christians living in a Christian nation, then we have to put the teachings of Jesus before anything else (our life, our family, our possessions) or else we are hypocrytes. If we are going to consciously disobey the teachings of Christ, then do we really have the right to call ourselves Christians? Or travel the globe playing righteous policeman? I just want to show that there is a huge gulf between what we as a nation proclaim to believe and hold dear, and how we act. We claim to be Christians, yet attempt to justify a war that will undoubtedly claim many many innocent lives on both sides, regardless of the intention, and that is someting that Christ would never condone. Lets let Him judge the actions of others and let's focus on what we are doing to spread His word through our actions. Again, Kimberly, you would think that I am some kind of saint the way I am preaching, but I am not even close. I just see hypocracy in the actions of our country and it bothers me as much as the hypocracy I see in myself. So I am just asking, shouldnt we be following the teachings of Christ no matter what the cost, instead of denying him (like Peter) every time the going gets tough? When you stand at your judgement, wouldnt it be great to say that you stayed true while you lost everything earthly? This may be a test for us as a nation, and I fear that we are failing. Also, you should really reexamine your assertion that muslems want to kill us all, we are the ones that have been occupying and medling with their countries for decades. Christians have been responsible for enough death and detruction that we have no right to be pointing fingers. Maybe if we got out of there they wouldnt hate us so much.