Matt 21:12 states that Jesus overthrew tables & drove salesmen & money changers out of temple. He was taking physical affirmative action against misuse of church. If we are to walk more closely in Jesus' footsteps, if we are to become more like the lord our saviour, should we not follow his example by being more physically assertive, and consequently more violent against injustice in Church? The next time someone begins sinisterly proselytising for money should we (in the spirit of Jesus) drive him/her physically out of church? p.s. Rhetorical question please don't actually get violent.
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You are mistaken. Jesus WAS violent. It says Jesus overturned the tables. Violence = physical force intended to damage someone OR something.
So many Christians trying to reason with you, Joe Cook. Why do you fight it? Have you ever actually read it? I'm thinking not, because that's just your perception of the story, not the truth. God bless.
Anything that prospers our faith sold outside of the church yet within the premises, is for ,me, still pleasing to the Lord, for it is used to glorify His Name.
Voted up, and has my nomination for best answer. Very eloquent, and full of truth.
You are mistaken. Jesus WAS violent. It says Jesus overturned the tables. Violence = a physical force intended to damage someone OR something. Violence is never justified unless done by Jesus? Is that what you are saying?
Jesus' intent to overturn the tables did not constitute violence because he didn't do it with the intention of hurting anyone, or the tables. His intention was to make the point that they were misusing the temple and that's what was accomplished.
Ann - The definition of violence is not the intention behind the act but the act itself. If I punch someone with love in my heart - it is still violence. There's no way to get away from this - Jesus' actions were violent.
That's absolutely ridiculous. How can you punch anyone with love in your heart? Only righteous punishment can be like this, and there is only one who is righteous. If God didn't love us, He wouldn't punish evil... But He does. Just trust Him.
Very good point.
Unfairly high interest, especially on a fellow Jew, was looked down upon...we are called to help one another...it was the amount and mindset of the interest that was the issue.