At the beginning of the war the Northern states had a combined population of 22 million people. The Southern states had a combined population of about 9 million. This disparity was reflected in the size of the armies in the field. The Union forces outnumbered the Confederates roughly two to one.
" 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."
There is some question about whether Lincoln was a Christian, he may have been despite the ambiguity, but even Deists in America know their Bible and their Christian theology and appeal to it, as the Deist founders did also.
I haven't been able to figure out how you are understanding that quote from Lincoln. He's quoting Jesus, by the way, in case you don't recognize it. The offense in this context would be slavery and the woe would be God's judgment against those by whom it came.
Re: Faith helps show the God she markets is a fool.
The nation suffered horribly from the war, so many families losing loved ones, and I don't think the suffering can be reckoned just in the numbers of soldiers killed. The South was absolutely destroyed and never fully recovered.
(a little fact that is neither here nor there: I had a great great uncle who fought for the north and died in Andersonville prison of disease. He was only about twenty. A cousin inherited his sword. How my brother would love to have it.)
My point way back there already was that the percentage of what was lost is what matters, not the absolute numbers, because there was such a discrepancy in the size of the populations. By that more reasonable way of looking at it the losses were roughly equal.
The North had more than twice the population of the South: 22 million to 9 million.
Their army was roughly twice the size of the South's.
The South lost roughly half the number the North did, or about the same percentage.
Jar said the North lost more. He was wrong.
how I remember the conversation, I don't have the patience to go back and review it right now.
I have not said one word in favor of the idea that the numbers killed had anything to do with how God judged the two sides. That's the theory of others here, and I eventually said I don't think the numbers can tell us that.
I've been talking about relative losses and to lose a higher percentage of your population is a greater loss, therefore the South sustained a greater loss than the North, in contrast with jar's comparison of the absolute numbers..
And if you will read the WHOLE thread you'll find answers to the rest of your insulting and blasphemous nonsense.
To say it was God's judgment is only to say that it was a terrible calamity, a lot of people died and there was a lot of suffering. You all have added the specifics, I'm not interested in the specifics. God has his own way of measuring sin and judgment, He sees things we can't see, and I don't try to second-guess him.
But jar was wrong that the North was judged more harshly as far as numbers go, it was more or less equal though the South's losses were somewhat higher proportionally. But the big loss, as I also said, was the devastation to the land and property of the South. Seems to me that puts them way over on the side of having sustained the bigger loss.
BUT AGAIN, I HAVE NO STAKE IN ANY OF THIS. God judges things according to His own standards and there's no particular reason we should be able to figure them out beyond the most general observations.
You're actually claiming that the murder of fifty million Protestants and seventeen million Jews, Muslims, atheists and witches by the Roman Church over a six hundred year period is judgment and not persecution? We figure the Civil War was judgment because of slavery, which was the main issue it was fought over. What sins would you impute to the sixty seven million killed over six hundred years? The reason given by the RCC was that they disagreed with them.
You apparently don't mind twisting the truth, since what I said only discounted specifics, not general reasons for judgment and I was VERY clear about that. Obviously you don't care, any old lie will do when it serves your bias.