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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September 12, 2018

Obeying Jesus: Love your enemy!

Thesis: Jesus practiced love of enemy to his own death and the NT presents this teaching as an unqualified commandment to be obeyed by his followers: […]
September 12, 2018

Biblical “love,” agape.

Most scholars agree that agapáō is used of God’s love toward man and vice versa, but philéō is rarely used by God of the love of […]
September 12, 2018

Non-Retaliation in Early Jewish and New Testament Texts

by Gordon Zerbe Both Mt. 5.38-48 and Lk. 6.27-36 were addressed to local, interpersonal or economic relations, and were intended to achieve local reconciliation. Mt. 5.41, […]

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

Matthew 5.43-48