War is not something God 'likes' but it a reality in this world.
Defending ones country and beliefs and freedom is not the same thing as 'condoning or likeing' war or death. Jws argue separation from the world and thus do not involve themselves in anything not JW. Jws enjoy the freedoms of our country and urges government condonement of their beliefs in other countries but they don't care that someone had to defend those freedoms at some point or they wouldn't exist. They take and do not give in every aspect of 'worldly' involvement-- government, courts, welfare, blood (they take others donated blood fractions but cannot donate blood themselves) and many other things. Others cited appropriately above on this. Also, In ancient Israel God ordained, supported and commanded many wars. Not because he pleasures in anyone dying but because it was neccessary to defend the *good guys*.
Holidays In General
Just because the world doesnt worship God like they should or honor the true meaning of holiday celebrations doesnt mean the celebrations are wrong or sinful. In that reasoning we couldnt do anything for Satan has copied everything God does to try and deceive. We couldnt have church on Sunday because Satanists have black mass which worships Satan, we couldnt read the Bible because a Satanist version of it exists.
From the Watchtowers own publication we read:
*** g76 12/22 14 Are They Idolatrous Decorations? *** "So the Christian needs to be primarily concerned about what? Not what a certain symbol or design possibly meant thousands of years ago or how it might be thought of on the other side of the world, but what it means now to most people where he lives. With so many different designs having been used in false worship, if a person went to the trouble and took the time he might find an undesirable connection with almost every design he sees around him. But why do that? Would it not be needlessly upsetting? And is that the best use of one's time and attention? Paul, however, also showed the value of concentrating on the things that are of real importance instead of getting involved in controversy over petty meanings and possible connections that are not of obvious significance. (1 Cor. 10:25, 26; 2 Tim. 2:14, 23)"
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I am a ex-jw now chricstian, if you want other info or to know my story -- I have alot on different subjects because my husband & I have a ministry to the JWs.
Have a great night! <>< Angie