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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 02:48 AM
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239. Totally out of context and not intended literally anyway.
Edited on Tue Jan-19-10 02:58 AM by No Elephants
Jesus did not mean that literally, for he never did bring a sword and he preached peace.

In fact, at his birth, the angels declared "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:14, KJV) There's the heavenly clue as to the reason why he came.

And he became known as the "Prince of Peace."



This is the passage you quoted, but his time, in context: Matthew 10 (KJV)


25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

26Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

41He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

42And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.




Obviously, Jesus was speaking about bringing Christianity to the world, which might divide a family of Jews or pagans spiritually. He was not referring to a a physical sword, or war or violence. To the contrary, that segnment ends with Jesus promising heaven to someone who gives a child a cup of water.


Anyone can pull something out of the Bible, totally out of context to try to prove a point, but it's totally dishonest. Try again.

BTW: To the atheists: Relax. I'm not trying to convert anyone. Just trying to stop misrepresentation.
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