Jesus practiced love of enemy to his own death, and the New Testament presents this teaching as an unqualified commandment to be obeyed by his followers (Matthew 5.39; 44). This is in stark contrast to Jesus’ own Jewish Law and tradition regarding “holy war” (Deuteronomy 20) and lethal self-defense (Exodus 22.2).

This site will also explore how Pacifism and Nonresistance movements, mainly of the last century, have misrepresented the New Testament’s prohibition on the use of lethal violence for Christians.

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December 6, 2018

“Love Your Enemies”

John Piper, “Jesus’ Love Command in the Synoptic Gospels and in the early Christian paraenesis,” p 90f. Turning to the sixth antithesis we may ask whether […]
December 6, 2018

Jesus the Central Jew: His Times and His People

by LaCocque, pages 95-6. Jesus claimed to be (or to become) the ultimate manifestation on earth of the kingdom he heralded: he inaugurated the realm of the […]
December 6, 2018

Jesus and the “Eye for an Eye” Command: A Response

by Greg Boyd First, both Jesus and his Jewish audience were very familiar with the OT’s commands to take “an eye for an eye and a […]

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'Love your enemies so you can become children of God, the Father.'

Matthew 5.43-48