12 October 2016

Christ The Killer?

Luke 20: 18

Did Yeshua teach His disciples to kill / murder / be violent with others not of their group?

Did Yeshua teach His disciples to hurt those who rejected Him or the Gospel?

Sadly, many times the following passage is used to support a polemic against the integrity and clearly expressed teaching of unconditional love, peace and forgiveness revealed in Yeshua Christ and the Gospel:

While they were listening to this, He went on to tell them a parable, because He was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 
He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

“But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

“He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

“ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

“The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

“His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

“His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

“Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

“ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’ ”

- Luke 19: 11-27

- this passage is identified as a parable... what is a parable?

- is a parable something that is literal or a teaching to be realized literally?

- is this parable speaking to the present or a future time?

- is this parable a teaching that the disciples are to realize and implement personally?

- is God judge over all things? If so, who other than God is righteous in judging others and thus exterminating His enemies or those who reject Him as King and Lord?

- is Christ teaching about what God will do at the Judgment?

- is there any evidence from the first three centuries (prior to the faith absorbing the secular state of Rome) after Christ rose into heaven of His disciples killing / murdering / fighting physically with detractors, apostates, rejectors or 'enemies'?

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