Excellent, succinct presentation of three misused NT passages. Fuller discussion of Two Swords here.
Most people who have investigated Jesus even a little bit would agree that Jesus taught peace. His ethic of enemy love, praying for those who persecute you, and blessing those who curse you are not hard to find. But that hasn’t stopped people from debating how far this nonviolent teaching should be pushed, and how widely applied. There are many layers to this, but in this post (and the next) I want to take on a couple of objections to deep and wide applications of Jesus’ nonviolent teaching.
The first objection is a biblical one: “Jesus taught peace, but also acted violently himself at times. There are a number of passages that seem to prove that Jesus, at least sometimes, acted violently. So, we shouldn’t take his ethic of nonviolence to apply to certain situations, just as Jesus didn’t.”
Let’s take a closer look at some of the common passages that…
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