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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Slog Bible Study: Matthew 26:52

Posted by on Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Matthew 26:52
Then Jesus said to him, “Put the sword back into its place. All those who use the sword will die by the sword.


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BLUE 1
More wishful thinking and a nice complement to damnation for bothersome people. I also note that the statement is logically consistent for all those not using the sword also dying by the sword
Posted by BLUE on December 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM · Report this
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JESUS!!
Posted by Nate Dogg on December 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
Later on in the bible of fairy tales he comes back to earth with a sword coming out of his mouth and he starts killing lots of people. SHOUT GLORY!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Former Lurker 4
Now is not the time to talk about sword control.
Posted by Former Lurker on December 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 5
And from the OT: "for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

I believe a lot of these "pacifist" passages reflect the early Christian cult of martyrdom against the Roman Empire. Of course, once it became the Church of the Empire these ideas were dampened: "render unto Caesar." I remember a quote from some Roman governor/emperor along the lines of "these Christian Jews are mad - they desire nothing but death."
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm http://peregrinari.tumblr.com/ on December 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Report this
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OMFG! Did the Stranger actually post something about mental illness between Goldy's hyperventilating on firearms?

Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on December 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
It's a nice sentiment, but who knows what Jesus said? Just because somebody says he said it doesn't make it so. And besides, clearly people who call themselves Christian don't care, so why would I?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 8
Sean Connery: "I'll take Swords for $400 Alex."

Alex Trebek: "That's S-Words, not Swords."
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
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SLAAAYERRRRR!!!!!!
Posted by Place on December 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM · Report this
10
@5: the Old Testament predates the Romans, and especially the Christians.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on December 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 11
I thought it was "He who lives by the schlong shall die by the schlong." Live and learn.
Posted by Daddy Love on December 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
ankledeep 12
Seems like it is only the Amish that still live out this passage, and even they have their crazies.
Posted by ankledeep on December 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
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I seem to recall that Alexander the Great used the sword an awful lot and then went and died of disease. Take that, Jesus!
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on December 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 14
@10: Indeed they do - I referring to the Matthew's passage (just dropped in the Isaiah cause I enjoy it) . Also bear in mind that prior to the actual emergence of Christianity, Jewish centers throughout the Middle East had been in a state of Messianic ferment for nearly a century, with a number of mythologically-similar Christ figures emerging. The path between Judaism in the late Roman empire and early Christianity is difficult to draw and involved many false starts. A bit like the emergence of early humans!
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm http://peregrinari.tumblr.com/ on December 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this

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