reply to post by celticdog
I keep saying this, but you seem to think you have it all figured out but most of your argument is what's called a genetic fallacy. In other words,
you prescribe Christianity as untrue based on the behaviors and actions of those who adhere to it. Let me ask you this. Stalin was an atheist and
killed millions of his own people. Does that mean atheism is not true? No it does not. The truth claim of atheism has nothing to do with the actions
of its adherents. It makes your arguments about the Crusades and the Inquisition as a non-sequitur in the conversation about whether Biblical
Christianity is true or not.
BTW, Hislop's book "Two Babylons" is one of my favorite books. I know the pagan origins of cultural Christianity. You are assuming that I am some
dumb blind cultural sheep. I am not. Like I mentioned, I have looked into these matters quite deeply. It has not shaken my foundational theology.
And as far as Mormons or JW's, they are not Christian in the true sense because their core theology is way off, but I won't get into that here.
As far as Matthew 10:34, you have to get deeper into the text and apply proper hermeneutics and exegesis (look those things up if you don't know what
So your claim is that Jesus didn't come to make peace, but a sword...let's compare that to Matthew 26:52 when He says: ""Put your sword back in
its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."
In this instance, Jesus is talking about a physical sword. But the sword that is mentioned in Matthew 10:34 is not a physical sword. The sword in the
allegorical sense is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17) We know this for sure because of context. If we continue on Matthew 10, we read all the things
about being separated from father-son etc. The point Jesus is making is that His message is exclusive. As uncomfortable as it may be, the Gospel
message of Jesus Christ exposes and separates truth from error. His point is that the physical world, our material possession, even our own earthly
family are not eternal things...they are temporary. And putting our trust and faith in temporary things will not bring us the eternal promise.
In historical context, the Jews expected the Savior to bring peace in the world. Jesus will bring peace eventually in His second coming, but this
peace CANNOT come with JUSTICE. Think about it. If a judge let's a murderer go free because it's the loving thing to do, justice would not be
served. Or what about a child who wants something? If you gave them everything they wanted, what kind of child would they become? Sometimes, the most
loving thing to do is to NOT give them what they want.
Going deeper here in Matthew 10, there is a cost for being a follower of Jesus Christ. It's not all flowers and pickles. In fact, your accusations to
me that my beliefs are wrong is an example of what Jesus was talking about here. His message would shake things up. His message will divide men. Has
it? Sure has. Does it mean it's ok to go out and kill people and force people to believe in Jesus? No. The duty of a Christian is to spread the good
news...that this world is not all there is. That through this guy Jesus, you can have eternal life.
Isn't it interesting that most of us humans all understand and know there is something wrong with the world? We all long for something "better" do
we not? Some seek it with money, fame, status, etc. But do those things satisfy? You tell me. Does being rich mean you're happy? What about peace on
earth? We all want it. We all desire it. But so far humanity doesn't have a very good track record. TPTB have all the control/money etc they could
ever have...are they satisfied? No. Why do they continue to push for a One World Government etc? And what if they get it? Do they sit back and drink
lemonade and say "we did it"?
What I am getting at is that Jesus in Matthew 10 is saying that His message of truth is not going to be accepted by all. It's going to cause strife
and division. And if we remain bound to the things that will never satisfy the deepest longing in our human hearts, we will miss the free gift of
freedom that Jesus provides.
The bible say the truth will set you free. Do you believe that?