Rumination Value-Engineered Into Incoherence
How do you make the sentiment of this post harmonize with the sentiments of your previous posts expressing devout Christian values and desire to help others?Thou shalt not murder is conditional?
Luke 22:36Jesus informs the disciples that they are to face persecution after his death, and encourages them to buy a sword for defense.The word used is "maxairan" which was Greek for a short sword used by traveling merchants to defend themselves against thieves and wild animals. Jesus did not advocate murder, but he did approve of justified self defense.Theologians J. P. Moreland and Norman Geisler say that "to permit murder when one could have prevented it is morally wrong. To allow a rape when one could have hindered it is an evil. To watch an act of cruelty to children without trying to intervene is morally inexcusable. In brief, not resisting evil is an evil of omission, and an evil of omission can be just as evil as an evil of commission. Any man who refuses to protect his wife and children against a violent intruder fails them morally."
Although I understand J.P. Moreland and Norman Geisler's logic, I must disagree with your interpretation of Luke 22.This chapter is about Jesus submitting to the authorities to be tortured and denied in order to glorify God.When Jesus tells his disciples to take a purse and a bag and sell your cloak to buy a sword, Jesus is warning them about hard times to come. Up until now, the disciples have been provided for by charities and protected because Jesus was there with them. Jesus is about to leave to go back to heaven and they will be without that defense. You can see that Jesus is saying "be prepared for hard times" without literally meaning "get a sword" when the disciples respond to this warning with "see! we have TWO swords!" (Luke 22:38)and Jesus responds to that by saying "that is enough." (Luke 22:38 continued"If Jesus meant for everyone to literally have a sword to protect themselves he would've responded with "Well, get 10 more for the rest of you!" but he did not. He said that 2 swords were plenty.Just a few verses later, Peter is admonished for using the sword in the defense of Jesus. That was evil happening: Jesus being captured. But Jesus himself insisted that it was wrong of Peter to attack the people trying to harm him (Jesus). Jesus was peaceful in everything he did. He let God be glorified always. Jesus never used a sword. As a Christian, I follow Jesus and if he didn't need a sword (or a gun) neither do I. And I believe that Jesus wouldn't approve of killing someone to save someone else.There might have been another way. What about the woman that led her captor to Christ through talking to him? Perhaps killing someone should not be our first response. We should not be afraid with Jesus on our side.
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