They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

Without fail every-time some one talks on Gun control they bring up the idea that Christ was not a pacifist. How is this possible? Simple they drag out  Luke 22:36 where Jesus said to the disciples  “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one” as if Christ was saying to them now is the time for violence (as they entered Jerusalem). This in reality was NOT the case. But Christ did know violence could happen. The passage they are referring to is the one and only one in which Jesus had any use for swords. He was preparing for his entry into Jerusalem for his final act of sacrifice. The important thing here was timing he had to accomplish his sacrifice as told in prophesy. In the verses just before he reminds the disciples of what he said before in Luke 10: 4 “ Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. “ They would have known what he was referring to because the very next verse states 5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.” Which as you can see was one of the clearest statements of a pacifist position. Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it but think about the context. The purpose of the swords was to delay the inevitable sacrifice not that they ever be used as offensive weapons. When Peter used one of them offensively Christ rebuked him and healed the soldier that peter had cut off the ear from. Christ intended that the disciples defend themselves from death but not that they cause harm to others (like the soldier in question) a Gun does not have the same defensive capacity bullets do not stop bullets. Some one shoots at you your gun will not stop the bullet, a correctly placed sword will stop another sword. so the argument is weak on two sides first using Luke 22:36 is  quoting out of context and second it is comparing apples and oranges. The only offensive weapon Christ advocated was mercy Romans 12:20 ““if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”


2 thoughts on “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

  1. I always thought what Jesus said in Matthew 18:6 was pretty un-pacifist as well. Makes it seem like He advocates making people who teach kids that sins like homosexuality are fine, should be killed mafia style.

    Threatening the Jewish leaders that the temple will be destroyed, even though it was a metaphor nobody understood at the time, was also clearly an aggressive statement. They took it as a terrorist threat to their church, basically. Imagine saying stuff like that today? Jesus would be so blocked on Facebook.

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