Friday, February 06, 2009

I came not to send peace, but a sword

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. - Matthew 10:34 (King James Version)

Really? REALLY?! This is what 'his holiness', that peace-loving Jesus everyone seems so attached to - - - THIS is what he preached?!

I had no idea. Ugh.

- T


Frank said...

Nothing surprises me anymore. Time machine leaving for the Dark Ages and the Inquisition at your local RC Church.

Z said...

in revelations it talks about how gods word is a two edged sword.. what do you think jesus was here to stand up for?

Todd said...

Hey Z:

I'm no bible-reader, but I do know that the two books (Revelation and Matthew) were written at two different times (possibly 40 - 50 years apart) by two different people. In fact, they each may have been written by numerous people.

So, looking for some kind of connection between sword-wielding characters in the bible from one book to the next is like looking for connections between The Hobbit and The Golden Compass. Any similarity is only coincidental -- or is the cause of the latter's author.

But, regardless of date stamp and authorship.... Jesus was not here to stand up for anything.

Just as any other human is born, lives and eventually dies (or is killed), Jesus (if he really existed at all, which is debatable) was simply a person. Whether others began to idolize him of their own volition or if he fancied himself some supernatural being, any following he has developed in the years since his death is just that -- a fan-base following, not unlike groupies who follow a band around concert to concert in hopes of being recognized or asked backstage.

Your arguing the point here with me will not be fruitful. We're coming at this topic from completely different directions. Me from a point of reason and with no emotional tie to your religion -- and you from the point of view of a groupie. No chance that we'll find common ground here, I'm afraid.