Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pacafisim and Non-Violence (1)

Matthew 5:39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Luke 6:27But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

Romans 12:19-21Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Colossians 3:11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

1 Peter 3:9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

James 4:12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Hey Brad,…did you ever see the movie ‘the Mission’? At the end, which guy do think made the right choice (De Niro or Irons)?
I guess in my view they both made the right choice…and they both carried it out with tact and presence.
I have also often wondered in the parable of the Good Samaritan, what would have happened if the Samaritan came a little early and saw the Jew being beaten by a mob—what would he do?
I love passionate active pacifism—but I still can’t shake the thought that there is still ‘a time to kill and a time to heal.’