Why would Jesus, who warns against the sword in Matthew 26 threaten to use one in Matthew 10? Why would Jesus set a man against his father and a daughter against her mother, when in the Torah God commands that parents are to be honored? In Luke, the gospel heralds the coming of Jesus with the proclamation “peace on earth.” Why, then, in Matthew, does Jesus say, “I did not come to bring peace?” If you are looking for a simple answer along the lines of “for” or “against,” then turn off this podcast and watch cable news. If you hope to use Matthew 10 to support your just war theory, at best, you are being lazy. Yes, the Bible does bring a sword and it is connected to the real violence we experience in the world. The question is, on which end of the sword are the followers of Jesus expected to find themselves?
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