Jesus - a pacifist?

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May 23, 2006  - by Bruce Kettler

Government controlled Churches in America have promoted getting rid of all firearms as a supposed "good" thing to do.  They promote the false teaching that Christ preferred that his disciples, and all who follow him, be subject to thieves, murderers, and other threats without resistance.

I've studied the scriptures they misinterpret, or quote out of context, and I know the teaching that Christians must be pacifists, is a lie.

In the U.S.A., children are murdered, kidnapped, raped, and brainwashed.  Citizens are being illegally disarmed, brutally beaten, and the judicial system is, for the most part, corrupted so that far too many innocent people have been jailed or executed.

Through the corrupted monetary system, American citizens are being robbed through inflation, excessive taxation, lower wages, and lost employment.

Let's examine the words and actions of Yahweh (God). No, Jesus did not introduce pacifism as a New Testament Covenant, while such an idea had not existed in the Old Testament. Yahweh (God) did not change:

Malachi 3:6

"For I am the Lord, I change not."

Understand exactly what it means, "I am the Lord, I change not." See how that means what Jesus said, and what the Father said, cannot contradict each other.  Let's see who Jesus is.
Jesus said:

"I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things."

John 10:30

"I and my Father are one."

John 2:15

"And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the Temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers money, and overthrew the tables.  And said unto them that sold doves, 'Take these things hence; make not my father's house an house of merchandise.'"

Above, we see the sinless Son of God, being angry, and defending the honor of the house of God with a weapon.  Yahweh, expressing himself through Jesus, had not changed..  He was still a wrathful and angry God.

                                            Yahweh is a God of Love, Mercy, Anger, and Destruction.

                    Luke 22:36
                    Jesus said:

"...he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip; and he that hath no
sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."
I've heard that the "sword" was supposedly the word of God. If you read the context above, you will see that was the scrip. The sword was a potent weapon of the day.  There were no firearms (that we know of).  Jesus wanted people to be able to defend themselves with effective weapons of that era.  The equivalent of a sword of that day, would be a firearm today.

Genesis 1:27

Since The Father and Son made man, " our image," and "...after our likeness" and they are a God of Love, Mercy, Anger, and Destruction, would they expect mankind to be pacifists?

                        Leviticus 20:10
                        Yahweh (God) said:

"...the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."

                        Exodus 11: 4-5

"'And Moses said, 'thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt; And all the firstborn [God killed children] in the land of Egypt shall die...'"

                     Joshua 8: 18-26

"And the Lord said unto Joshua, 'Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai.  ...they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire...  then they turned again and slew the men of Ai...  all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.  For Joshua drew not his hand back... until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants [by God's command, killed all men, women, and children] of Ai.

Now, let's look at some of the scriptures that "False Prophets" use to promote pacifism as supposedly being "Christian."

Soon after Jesus told his disciples to carry a sword, Peter sliced off the ear of a man before the "authorities" took Jesus away to his death.

                   Matt. 26:52

"Then said Jesus unto him, ' Put up again thy sword into his
place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.'"

Notice, Jesus had previously told Peter that he should have a sword. Jesus did not say to Peter: "throw away your sword," he said: "Put up again thy sword into his place."

                     John 18:11
                     Jesus said:

"...the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"

The deceitful church leaders, "blind leaders of the blind," tell us such incidents mean Jesus wants Christians to be subject to Tyranny, Murder, and robbery without an effective means of defense.  Jesus subjected himself to crucifixion and death by appearing in a location he knew beforehand that he'd be taken captive in.

Jesus had told his disciples when he was to be crucified, so Peter's taking a sword was not appropriate in that circumstance.  Anytime a person uses force when they should not, that type of action, often enough, will lead them to "perish with the sword."  I believe that Jesus wanted Peter to be led by his divine love for the divine Jesus, not the brotherly love he'd felt from having been with the human Jesus.  I believe this inner conflict led Peter into confusion which he later came out of..

Jesus did not tell Peter to sell, or discard, his sword.  He told him to "put up again thy sword into his place."

Revelation 13:10

"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.  Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
Let's look at the above in context.  Who is making war and overcoming the saints?  It's the "beast" that has "power over all kindreds and tongues and nations."  Who is killing with the sword, that will die by it?  It's the New World Order "beast."  The scriptures teach us that this beast does not have a long rule.  We are being taught, specifically, that the "beast" lives and dies by the sword, and the "beast" who takes so many saints into captivity will end up in captivity.  We, as saints, should have patience, and faith, that this is how it ends for the "beast."  The killing "with the sword" of the beast  is not the same as saints using the sword in a godly manner.

                        Matt. 5:39
                        Jesus said:

" resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee
on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."
Often enough, such action could be a challenge to a duel.  The action described above probably only entailed 2 smacks with an open hand, and would not necessarily include the threat of immediate lethal, or dangerous, force.  I believe the message is that whatever one does, it should not be just to protect one's personal pride, nor should it be outside of God's will.
Matt. 5:40
"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
The above is about losing because one is sued.  The implication is that a person is being sued as a righteous judgment, where the one giving the cloak owes the other man the coat.

                       Matt. 5:44
                       Jesus said:

"Love your enemies."
Certainly, if someone is about to kill you or your family, if feasible you should kill them with kindness and love.  Without a firearm, the killing could be more painful for the recipient.

                     Exodus 20:13
                   "Thou shalt not kill."

                    "Kill," in the original language, means murder, and it does not refer to killing in self defense."


                            What about civil disobedience?

They had put the disciples in prison, and commanded them never to preach Jesus.  They got out, and the "authorities" said:

"Did not we...command you that you should not teach in this name?"

Acts 5:29

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, 'We ought to obey God rather than men.'"

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