Jesus and war/self defence
Do all Christians believe Luke 35-36 is a parable and cannot be used for instruction in a self defensive war? No. A prominent Christian theologian who has studied at Biola University, John Macarthur seems to see no insult in portraying Jesus as a supporter of defensive Jihad – in the context of war.
An insightful video by 1MoreMuslim shows the two Christian extremes – the liberal Christian apologist (David Wood) who presents Jesus as a staunch pacifist whilst the well known scholar John MacArthur sees no harm in using the Gospels to justify war in certain instances. Who is right?
John MacArthur's views on Jesus Supporting War, Jihad and Luke 22:35-39
Jesus (according to John Macarthur) preached defensive Jihad
John MacArthur claims Jesus in Luke 14:31 ELEVATES war:
"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
John Macarthur advances the idea Jesus in Luke 22:36 endorsed a just war and self defence:
He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. [see comment sction for the full passage]
The Bible can be interpreted in many ways – even in violent ways
This just goes to show the Bible can be interpreted in many ways. During the inquisition and crusades Christians were imprisoning, torturing, butchering, murdering, raping and pillaging under Christian leadership. The crusades and inquisitions were religiously sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Now, are you telling me NO Christian was using the Bible to justify BLOODSHED?
Muslim terrorism Vs Christian terrorism
However, the Christian right are war mongers and will certainly use their Bibles to justify American aggression in the Middle East and elsewhere. Think about it, would “Christian” America REALLY be bombing Iraqi and Afghan kids if no American Christian supported them? Christians need to admit there are extremists within Christianity who have access to far more potent and destructive tools than the rag tag folk which comprise Al Qaida.
Christian terrorism is more dangerous
We should also admit “Christian” terrorism has claimed more lives and heaped more misery upon the innocent than “Muslim” terrorism. Whilst we are telling a few home truths we can state Muslims have denounced “Muslim” terrorism whilst Christians have not really denounced “Christian” terrorism nearly as much – in fact their terrorism is under the guise of “war”.
Point of interest - Jesus and Muhammad similarities [pbut]
Jesus is very much like the Prophet Muhammad. During the Meccan phase, Muhammad was in a powerless position which resembles the situation Jesus found himslef in during his whole lifetime. Of course, Jesus was a minority so certainly could not have taken on the Roman subjugators via war. Perhaps this is the reason behind Jesus not partaking in war.
Prophet Muhammad, during the Medinan phase, found himself in a position to fight back and oppose the transgressors physically - which he did. Jesus will have a similar phase upon his second coming - he will have power to oppose disbelievers. He will kill disbelievers and will kill the Antichrist. [see Sahih Muslim, Kitab al Fitan Ashrat as Sa'ah 8.196-199]
We should respect these two great Prophets and love them - peace be upon them
An invitation to the Truth
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