Originally Posted by Penelope
To Leilau - the idea that there "is a spiritual battle" going on is one very specific reading of the NT texts. It's not a given for every Christian.
There are many references to spiritual warfare in the NT. If you chose to ignore them, that's fine, but they are definitely there.
II Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ"
II Timothy 2:3-4 "Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him."
Ephesians 6:10-13 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
Matthew 10:34 (Jesus is speaking) "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword."