Persecution. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
You may call yourselves Christian, but if you’re issuing death threats to one another, the love of Christ is not in you.
Every time there is a mass shooting in America and a cry goes out for gun law reform, I invariably hear someone citing Jesus' instruction to buy swords in Luke 22:35-38 as justification for violent self defence and legislative inaction. Interpreting it as such is problematic though. Consider: what did Jesus say the two swords were "enough" for? … Continue reading Why did Jesus tell the disciples to buy swords?
I imagine the serpent is saying, "Go ahead, make my day". Gun culture needs to be recognised for what it is: a temptation.
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. (Ecclesiastes 9:17-18)
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) When we consider the blood spilled every day in the wars that rage across the surface of the earth, it is difficult to comprehend how one more death can … Continue reading How can one death make any difference?
"Suppose we apply an empirical test to the question of absolutism. Absolute is itself a vague term, but in the religion-and-violence arguments, it appears to indicate the tendency to take something so seriously that violence results. An empirically testable definition of absolute, then, might be “that for which one is willing to kill.” This test … Continue reading Would you kill anyone for your religion?
I recently commented to some Muslims that it "sounds like the Wahhabis are a thorn in the side of Islam the same way Westboro Batpist and other hate movements are a thorn in the side of Christianity." One replied, "Imagine what it would be like if Westboro had several trillion dollars worth of oil, their … Continue reading Wahhabism: A Concern for both Christians and Muslims
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one … Continue reading The Foolishness of Weakness
I have a huge amount of respect for Ghandi, and I imagine many of you reading this have too. But as I have come to understand Hinduism in more depth I have come to realise that Ghandi was not, and is not, universally representative of Hindu ethics. There is an ethical spectrum in Hinduism that is not … Continue reading The Co-Existence of Violence and Non-Violence in Hinduism
"The Gun is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him." (Exodus 15:2 - slightly revised)