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Nowhere does Jesus teach that it is right for his own disciples to offer violence to anyone

October 3, 2009

Nowhere does (Jesus) teach that it is right for his own disciples to offer violence to anyone… If Christians had owed their origins to rebellion, they would not have adopted laws of so exceedingly mild a character. [These laws] do not even allow them on any occasion to resist their persecutors, even when they are called to be slaughtered as sheep.

OrigenĀ  Against Celsus, book 3, chap.7, 3rd Century.

NB This does not preclude the posibility of Christians in military service etc. The Church is disarmed and the Kingdom of God advances without carnal weapons. However, the Kingdom of Man has also been established by God. The State has been armed by God, as it were.

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