Robert V. Thompson finds a pansy Jesus:
[T]he Jesus I know wouldn’t cast a stone much less shoot a gun…
Jesus would not pack a pistol. Just as he threw the money changers out of the temple he would throw gun bearers out of the sanctuary. He would tell them to come back but only if they were unarmed…
Here is my bottom line. Jesus would not join the NRA, because he never condoned any form of violence.
It would be interesting to ponder how Jesus might throw armed people out of church without any kind of violence. But for an answer it might be instructive to review exactly how he threw the aforementioned moneychangers out of the temple:
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables…
— John 2:13-15, NASB
That looks just a tad violent to me.*
Now I suppose Jesus could have reasoned with those fine, upstanding businessmen. Surely they would have respected his oratory and agreed to peacefully move their market a few yards outside to the court. Instead he made a weapon and whipped their butts with it, then he dumped their stuff all over the floor.
I don’t see how the same Jesus who made an offensive weapon and drove people out of the temple with it would have any argument with those who would carry weapons for defensive purposes in any other kind of building. Then again, maybe the Creator of the universe just doesn’t understand guns like liberals do.
* What a disappointment Jesus must be to the peaceful religious liberals of this world.
He would carry a 1911. God’s own pistol.
Yep. And I’m guessing He was there when they picked up Elijah in the Chariot of Fire. Picture the fearsome angels with their mini-guns blazing as they hose the LZ with devil piercing rounds.
Genesis 19:11 – And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
Numbers 19:11 – He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.
Deuteronomy 19:11 – But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities: (12) Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
Nah…. Must just be a coincidence. Hey, wait a minute….
Revelations 19:11 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:11 is talking about one of the four horses of the Apocalypse, the horse of war and judgement…. Yeaaahhh…. No connection there with a 1911.
Jesus said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, only those to whom it has been given.”
— Matt 19:11
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Jesus was also for drowning pedophiles, which admittedly is very kind.
I’m more for impaling them.
where does it say that? not that i doubt you, i have just never heard it and REALLY want to get it on a motivational poster somewhere.
He is referring to the passage where Jesus says if anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and cast into the sea.
See Matthew 18:6 or Luke 17:2
Most or all of Jesus’ attacks were aimed at a self-serving religious establishment and its leaders.
My understanding of what Jesus said about loving your enemies: “Instead of trying to outfight your enemy, take the fight out of them.” Don’t just conquer, but convert. Or like some other Asian guy said: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” -Sun Tzu
Does it always “work?” Well, Jesus ended up getting crucified. Followers of this way must be prepared to encounter similar results at times.