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Does Jesus ever advocate violence, and why?

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Thanks for the A2A. TL.DR.: Probably no. The sword quote(s) is not meant literally, like many of Jesus apocalyptic pronouncements. First, the text: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. read more

Jesus advocates peace and non-violence. Life is sacred and should be preserved at the expense of your own. He even says to go so far as putting on armour but not to fight, just to stand. read more

Opposition to violence in one context does not demand condemnation of all violence. Rather, we recognize that violence should be avoided whenever possible. There were many who opposed the war in Vietnam who were not pacifists. Jesus served the world by allowing himself to be martyred; my father served the world by firing mortars at Nazis. read more

The church is not to use violence (John 18:36), but the government at times may (John 18:36; Romans 13:3-4; etc.). So the Christian fights not as an agent of the church, but as an agent of the government of his country. read more

Jesus himself drove the thieves away from the temple with a whip (John 2:15) and Paul at times insisted on his rights as a Roman citizen (Acts 25:11; cf. also the interesting instance of 16:35-40). Jesus is using hyperbole to illustrate what our primary disposition and attitude should be, not to say that we should literally give in to every attempt to do evil against us. read more

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