Today is Easter. On this day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time of great joy for we who are Christians. Because it shows that Christ has victory over the gave and we as Christians also have victory through Christ. 2 Corinthians 15:54a-57 “Death is swallowed in victory. O death, Where is your sting? O grave where is your victory? The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have won a victory over sin and now we may go to Heaven and spend all of eternity with God.
Death was very real during the Civil War. It was brought to the homes in many ways. Through the pictures of Matthew Brady, the transportation of the wounded from the front lines, and through the letters and the delivery of the bodies back to their respective homes.
For soldiers in both armies death was very real. They saw friends and brothers die every day. They felt in a more real sense the fact that death was immenent. Death would come to either them or someone they were close to inevitably.
Soldiers and people on the homefront had many views on the subject. The most prominant were the Christian view and the antognistic or athiestic view. In this article I will focus mainly on the Christian side of death.
For those who held the Christian worldview death was not considered scary or untimely. They believed tht God has alloted that we all should die because we have sinned. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. They knew that every man has sinned so the consequences would have to be death. If this were the complete case though death would still be very scary. Praise the Lord it is not the case! Another text from the Bible that Christians during the Civil War used to make death not a scary thing is found in the book of John. John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whosoevr believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Also if you will read up at the beggining of the paragraph I gave you part of Romans 6:23 but it was not the entire verse. The whole thing goes like this. For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life. God had given them the gift of salvation through Christ. So they no longer had to fear death.
Yes, death was a sad time but with Christ the soldiers knew that they would see Christ and be free from the scourge of war. That is one view of death in the Civil War. I will do some more research and get part 2 of this article out soon.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident
This passage was quoted in the movie Gods and Generals. This is a verse that during the Civil War could have offered the soldiers some peace and comfort. In the way that God will be your strength and comfort in times of war and hardship. These verses can offer you that same comfort
This is a really cool video that makes me wonder do we still trust in God here in America? Or have we become an atheistic nation? Have we abandoned the one who founds and tears down nations? I think we have, but if we turn to God he will once again smile on us as a nation.
I think this really describes the christians both North and South during the War. This is part of Lincoln’s Second inaugural Address
Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Well Yesterday was 9/11. So I will post on that topic.
It was a Friday 8 years ago that the face of terrorism and America were changed, by two planes, that were hijacked by the terrorist. It was a turning point for America just as the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg where major turning points for the Army of the United States during Civil War.
Who really established America? Who gave us the freedom that we treasure today? Who is the one really in charge of our nation’s history,present, and future? God did all of these things and is in charge of all of these things. God has made his presence known throughout history in many different and miraculous ways including in the Civil War.
Did you know that your freedom and mine both came from the God who divinely established America way back when the Pilgrims landed at Plymoth Rock in the 1600’s. It is the same God that General George Washington prayed to at Valley Forge in that ever famous Painting of Washington on his knees in the snow.
God made his presence known widely throughout the Civil War. He did this at Fredricksburg through the Northern lights. The Northern lights almost never happen in that part of Virginia because it is to far North. After the battle the Aurora Borealis showed up and the wounded on the field and those trapped on the field were treated to a magnificent show. Also those in the town recieved a good show. The men who saw it knew that it was God trying to tell them something. God was trying to tell them that no matter what happened God would choose who the victor of the war would ultimately be. God used the Aurora Borealis to show that he was and is the God of battles and wars.
During the Civil War God used another thing called an accoustic shadow to show his greatness. An Accoustic shadow is created when there is a very loud noise such a cannon firing, and when it fires and someone is only a mile froom it they won’t be able to hear a thing but a spectator 5 miles away will hear the boom like he was very close that is an accoustic shadow. I think God used that to show his power and presence during the Civil War.
To those of you who don’t belive God had any part or place in our history as Americans just go back and read some of the accounts of what happend and you will see God in our History.