kudayta wrote:It doesn't matter what the sword is supposed to metaphorically represent in this passage (for what it's worth, it reads to me as it metaphorically represents war). Within the context of the chapter, the passage indicates that Jesus wants to spread mayhem and chaos, as opposed to peace, in the name of spreading Christianity. This is the kind of speech an officer would give to his soldiers on the eve of a battle.
matter Kudayta. The sword referred to isn't a material thing nor it will lead to mayhem and chaos if one would truly follow what it means. If you lose sight of the context, all you will see are contradictions so that where the parts articulate become muddy to your point of view. What mayhem and chaos are you trying to say specifically? War in the literal sense? What?
If one loves his brother or any whatsoever more than anything in the world, it is possible to do all that his heart wishes (wicked or not) upon the loss of his brother due to the action of someone else. The word of God put a constraint to that - above all else love the word of God, seek God's Kingdom first. To be ruled by God is to follow such words for example:
Matthew 18:21-22, Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Lk. 6:27-36 But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
..then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High....Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Yes, Kudayta...this is a consequence of the sword
referred to in the Bible. The war isn't about blood spill for:
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggles is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Yes, Kudayta, this isn't the kind of war that spills blood. This is the war that promotes love and understanding to those who follow them (and irritation
to those whose heart loves this
kind of feeling, because some of them love wrongdoings).
On these grounds, your words themselves attest to your not following the Biblical context. What is the context of Matthew 10:31-42?
Even if we were to treat this passage generously (from a modern Christian's point of view), it would still indicate that Jesus is declaring that he intends to divide the world, even within families, between Christians and non-Christians. It is not, in any sense of the word, a peaceful declaration.
Of course it is not a peaceful declaration, but in what context
? About what specifically? Are you taking the Biblical context properly?