Ben Witherington on Jesus and Pacifism

Joel shared this the yesterday and in light of the recent conversation here, I think this is extremely relevant.

Ben Witherington III writes on his blog,

Jesus, as it turns out was a hard core pacifist and he was serious as a heart attack about that non-resistance, turn the other cheek, take up your cross and be prepared to die at the hands of your enemies stuff. He was, to use an oxymoron, an adamant even a belligerent pacifist. ‘Those who live by the sword die by the sword’ was his warning, and when his disciples tried to take up swords for the sake of the Kingdom Jesus not only told them ‘enough of that’ but he then repaired the damage to the ear of the high priest’s slave. Jesus was in deadly earnest about being the Prince of Peace.

All I’ve got to say to the IRD is ouch, that’s gotta hurt!

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