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Sunday Reflection

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Mt x:34

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mintogrubb
28th Aug, 2005 08:30 (UTC)
I am familiar with this verse, but I was expecting one that gets brought up in lectures on military ethics, as promised.

As for this verse, it has to be said that Jesus, or at least his followers, regarded their faith as contraversial, in spite of their tendency to try to 'fit in'.

Away on tour, Paul was tlling converts that 'Christ is our Passover', and that the Law and the temple at Jerusalem were no longer important. However, back in Jeruslaem, he felt obliged to visit the temple himself in order to placate public opinion.
hawkeye7
28th Aug, 2005 09:31 (UTC)
was expecting one that gets brought up in lectures on military ethics

It is! I substituted this one for a bloodier passage. To quote the Wikipeadia:

"Some Christians and non-Christians believe that in these passages Jesus was advocating the use of violence. Applying a literal interpretation, they take the word "sword" to mean a literal metal sword and, by extension, warfare. In that case "division", as used in the verse from the Book of Luke, would tend to mean strife and war. For Christians accepting this interpretation, these passages may be seen as part of a justification for just wars and capital punishment. For non-Christians accepting this interpretation — particularly those who are philosophically opposed to violence — the Matthew and Luke passages are often seen as evidence of a moral deficiency in Jesus's teachings and therefore in Christianity. Many non-Christians go even further, claiming that this verse contradicts other teachings of Jesus, and therefore conclude that since the Bible is not self-consistent Christianity must be false."
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