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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April 30, 2020

Violence: A Biblical Theology

Encyclopedia of Christian Theology, vol. 1., ed. Lacoste.   The New Testament shows with the cross of Jesus the paroxysm of violence and of its opposite. […]
April 30, 2020

An Idolatrous Celebration

From The Myth of a Christian Nation. Shortly after the Gulf War in 1992 I happened to visit a July Fourth worship service at a certain […]
April 30, 2020

Competing lords: The Kingdom of America Vs The Kingdom of God

From Domesticated Glory: How the Politics of America Has Tamed God God is not merely an interest of ours, He is Lord of the creation, of […]

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

Matthew 5.43-48