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Jtube: Hacksaw Ridge

Jtube: Hacksaw Ridge

Are there times when our values and beliefs should be compromised?

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Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroically saving 75 soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. He did not compromise his values. Does that make his position, the refusal to bear arms, right?
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(2) Marion Cook, June 1, 2017 10:54 PM

He also promised God he would never touch a gun again after almost shooting his father, and you should never break a promise to God.

(1) RC, May 29, 2017 3:38 AM

Conscience is one way through which God speaks to us

"Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroically saving 75 soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. He did not compromise his values. Does that make his position, the refusal to bear arms, right?"

That is a strange question to ask, and makes me wonder if the asker has watched this movie in full. Desmond's position isn't right because he won some Medal of Honor, or even some vague idea of not compromising his values. It was right because each of us is bound by our conscience no one can rightly disobey the mandates of their conscience. That's not to say we can just make up something and call it our conscience. Conscience is a link between the human soul and God, and if we do our best to form ourselves through prayer and study, and not to dull our conscience through habitually acting against it, then God can and does speak to us through our conscience. So in such as case, to disobey it is to turn a deaf ear to God.

Many times we see in the Bible that God called individuals to do things that didn't make sense to human minds, because He wanted to show them that we can trust Him completely.

Desmond did right, not only by obeying his conscience in objecting to bearing arms. He also obeyed it in signing up to be an army medic, and in staying back, and risking his life time and time again to save his fellow soldiers when many others (those who had no problem bearing arms) had fled. He did what many others failed to do, and saved many lives, and in doing so also served the American military, and the cause of fighting this war in ways that was unmatched by many who did bear arms.

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