Question of the Week: When Jesus said He did not come to bring peace, but a sword, was He insinuating that Christianity was to be violent?
Verses: Matthew 10:34-39
Jesus said He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword. Does this mean Christianity is violent? Historically, no, since the one time Jesus’ disciples had the chance to defend the kingdom was stopped and scolded. Doctrinally, no, since every gospel account and the epistles that followed taught submission to authority and leaving judgment to God alone. And finally based on the example of Jesus Himself, no. He didn’t raise a sword against Rome or his Jewish enemies. So what was He talking about? Read the next verses. Christianity wouldn’t unite the world, but severe persecution would and has followed against those who follow and share His teachings.
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