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James 4-5, 1 Peter 1
According to the Word of God, humans start wars because of lust - for other people's territory, for other people's natural resources, or to simply be "the leader of the world" by lusting over other people's sovereignty. True Christians don't start wars of lust because true Christians live by God's Law (see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10).
"4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts [see A Brainwashed World].
Christians should live their lives as though Christ was returning immediately because, sooner or later, for everyone, it will seem that He did (see Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away [see What Happens When You Die?]. 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:13-17 KJV)
James Chapter 5
Christianity is not about what someone has, or doesn't have, in this physical world. Wealth or poverty do not matter when it comes to salvation (see No Class Struggles In Christianity to understand the only thing that does matter is obedience to God).
"5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth [see the Fact Finder question below]. 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 5:6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you." (James 5:1-6 KJV)
The word suffer can mean pain, or it can simply mean to endure something, such as living God's Way in a world that is still wallowing in Satanism (see Who Still Rules The World Today?).
"5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord [see The Return Of Jesus Christ]. Behold, the Husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh [see Could Christ Return Tonight?]. 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
"5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death" (James 5:20 KJV) is a plain statement that man does not have an immortal soul i.e. souls die (see also Giving Up The Ghost). Here's another: "18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20 KJV).
"5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
1 Peter Chapter 1
Peter's (see Peter's Ministry) first epistle (see Epistles) is addressed to "the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia" (1 Peter 1:1 KJV), all of which were in Asia Minor (today known as Turkey). The content of the epistle shows how Peter grew from being a fisherman to a fisher of men. His depth of understanding by that time had matched that of the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry), although Peter and Paul were very independent of each other (see Peter and Paul).
"1:1 Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit [see The Cure For The Carnal Mind], unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ [see Why Blood?]: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Humans become holy only by obeying God's Holy Law, as best as humanly possible. No human is "holy" beyond that (see The Holy Father).
"1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge] that is to be brought unto you at the revelation [see Apocalypse] of Jesus Christ; 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Fact Finder: What does "Sabaoth" (not to be confused with "Sabbath") mean?