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In Real Life eResources God Is a Warrior? Violence in the Bible

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Violence in the Bible
In Real Life eResources
God Is a Warrior?

Exploring tough questions facing youth today• Also available in print (with eResource)

OPEN THE BIBLE • Help youth apply the Bible to real life and discuss their faith. This all-in-one curriculum guides youth and their leaders on a journey for meaning and identity. In Real Life encourages youth to ask the hard questions, and helps them encounter Scripture in search of answers. In a time of violence, injustice, materialism, and new pressures, this series offers a different point of view. Compatible with a whole family approach.


Also available in print (with eResource)

Is the Bible friend or foe to the peacemaker?

The Bible challenges us to be reconciled to one another and work for justice. So what do we do with the stories that seem to condone violence or even encourage it? How do we reconcile a “warrior” God with the God of love embodied in Jesus? In a world filled with violence, is following Jesus’ Way of nonviolent confrontation realistic? This unit leads you and your group to grapple with these tough questions, with the help of new insight and information about stories of “violence.” (6 sessions, plus extender session)


  1. All the King's Horses • Lead participants to begin to reconcile two contrasting images of God: a “warrior” God and the God of love embodied in Jesus.
  2. Military Build-down • Help participants understand the function of holy wars in the ancient scriptures—to build and/or test trust in God.
  3. A Room with a View • Help participants formulate a response when violence is done to innocent people.
  4. Cleaning House • Help participants clarify the difference between forceful prophetic actions and violent ones.
  5. When You Want to Hit Back • Help participants formulate a nonviolent response when angry, even if violence seems justified.
  6. Land for Sale • Encourage participants to live fully in the world, acting on its behalf, in spite of the often-discouraging threat of violence.
  7. GandiDead Man Walking (Extender Session option) • Give participants a concrete example of the success of nonviolent action for change.

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Format: eResource
Product code: IRL105
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 58 pages
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