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Jesus Christ Was A Pacifist

“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Jesus 

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Jesus 

Christianity has a bad name but don’t you go and blame Jesus for it. Most of the people who are prominent in the ‘Christian’ faith are either frauds or pretenders at best. 

Sometimes for a laugh I will watch the televangelists on the ‘idiot box’. It seems that no matter what scripture the lesson is taken from in the end it comes around to sending the televangelist a nice sized check. They’ve gotten real slick where you can call in for prayer, just have your credit card number handy.

But even more insidious are the ‘evangelists’ who want to go to war in Jesus name. Let me state it plainly, Jesus Christ was a pacifist and if you want to follow him you are called upon to also take up your cross. Now I know this goes against so much of the historical record. But if you read the gospels of and the New Testament you will find out what I am saying is true. I could quote literally over a hundred scriptures to make my point.

The basic thing about Jesus is Love. After all ‘God is Love’. Jesus showed this Love towards others in everything that He did. He was our perfect example to follow and we are to follow him all the way to the cross if need be. When Jesus was before Pilate he uttered these words, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

That is the thing about Jesus and Christians is that we don’t belong to this world. One of the central conflicts of the Bible pits the carnal nature of man with the spiritual nature of God. When one is baptized into Christ they receive the Holy Spirit. But the ‘old man’ isn’t done away with. So a Christian spends his entire life battling between the two, either producing fruits of the spirit or works of the flesh.

So looking back on war, is there any Love in it? Is there any love in blowing up cities and killing young men? War is the ultimate expression of hatred and as a Christian one must be vocally against it.

I have had this discussion before and I am aware of all the hypothetical naysayers. “What would you do if your wife was being raped?” Of course the question is used to tempt one into saying that you would resort to violence to defend her. Then using ‘earthly logic’ the argument is made for a ‘just war’. I can do no better but to point one back on the clear scriptures that tell us to Love our enemy.

Then of course people will come up with Romans 13 saying how we should follow the government and if the government says we should go to war than that is fine. The only problem is that Romans 13 would apply to all nations and thus it would be fine to wage war against your country. So if you like Romans 13 as a call to war your giving a green light for some country to afflict to the United States exactly what we did to other nations. Would you like “Shock and awe” in downtown Dallas?

Furthermore in Romans 12, among other things we are commanded to feed our enemies. Afterwards in Romans 13 we are told that “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor”. Saying that Romans 13 allows Christians to go to war is taking it out of context and it is a spirit of anti Christ.

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Jesus Christ Was A Pacifist

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Jesus Christ Was A Pacifist. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/01/jesus-christ-was-a-pacifist/

 

Last updated: 28 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Jan 2018
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