[Note: The use of the “Sacred Heart” symbol is Roman in origin and is used as an iconic object of idol worship.]Although Jesus is the preeminent figure and example of love in the universe, He is not the pacifist presented by most Christian groups of today.
In fact, many denominations actually teach man’s predilection of pacifism as Christianity! Some even teach that military service is sinful. At least one denomination advises it’s adherents to claim Conscientious Objector status and another advises serving in some medical field, instead of the “fighting force”. Some teach that owning weapons is a sin. Christianity, however, is neither pacifism or Bushido.
The great lesson of the 6th Commandment is that of MURDER. Two of the best examples of murder in the Bible are Cain murdering Abel and Moses murdering the Egyptian taskmaster. These are classic examples of crimes of passion. It can be argued that Cain was not forgiven for this, but Moses was. The judgment of these two cases came from God not man.
All one has to do is read his Bible and he finds that God (Jesus) did, in fact kill millions, at the very least. Whether you accept this fact is up to you. IMO, Jesus has the right, as the Eternal and as our Creator, to pass judgment on all of us – even to the point of refusing us our next breath!
Now, this doesn’t mean all of us are cockroaches to be stepped on with a whim from God. But it does mean that when the situation calls for it, by God’s determination, killing does occur.
However, our Lord is no murderer![ Famous Southern quote: “Yep, he needed killin!” ]
Today’s Christians are so infused with the message of God’s abiding love and forgiveness (truth that it is) that they forget the whole picture of God’s character. This study of God’s character can be very upsetting to some people, so be forewarned. We must ask the question: Did Jesus use military-like force when He deemed it necessary?
Consider the antediluvian times. The state of mankind was so wicked that God had no choice but to “kill them all and let God sort it out”! Of course, He didn’t kill all but rescued Noah and family. How many millions or hundreds of thousands were living on earth at this time? Adam lived 930 years, Methuselah the longest lived of the patriarchs lived 969 years. Noah lived 950 years. Many offspring can be had during these long fertile lifespans.Gen 7:20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.
Gen 7:21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.
Gen 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.
Gen 7:23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.
Exo 11:4 Then Moses said, "Thus says the LORD: 'About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt;
Exo 11:5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.
Exo 32:27 And he said to them, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.' "
Exo 32:28 So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day.
Num 31:15 And Moses said to them: "Have you kept all the women alive?
Num 31:16 Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
Num 31:17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately.
Num 31:18 But keep alive for yourselves all the young girls who have not known a man intimately.
Luk 22:36 Then He said to them, "But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
Luk 22:37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: 'AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS.' For the things concerning Me have an end."
Luk 22:38 So they said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." And He said to them, "It is enough."
In this passage Christ knew what was about to happen. His followers would need to run for their lives and would do so. He had earlier told Peter about his denial. We know the full story, of course, later Peter cuts off the ear of one of the “arresting officers” of Jesus and Christ tells him to stop. Christ wants what has to happen next, to happen. Notice that nowhere in the biblical text does Christ say, “do not own weapons or use them for self-defense only – sometimes they are used offensively”. We are to use such things judiciously, not carelessly.
Joh 2:13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Joh 2:14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business.
Joh 2:15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables.
Joh 2:16 And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!"
Joh 2:17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE HAS EATEN ME UP."
2 Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
2 Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Still believe Jesus is a pacifist?
Churches that teach He is are in error - not by my claim, but by the very Word of God.
Many more biblical quotes can be added but I think you’re getting the idea. Jesus (God) is no pansy. He is no panty-waist effeminate. He is way beyond Special Forces. He is the ULTIMATE FORCE for good, for moral judgment, for correction and discipline of those He loves, and the destruction of those He does not.
Question for Thought: Did God use physical force to remove 1/3 of the Angels (Satan and his followers) from heaven - or did He turn the other cheek?