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Was Jesus a Pacifist?

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Was Jesus a Pacifist? Some people believe Jesus was not a pacifist. One of the main reasons is the fact that in the Old Testament there is mention of hundreds of war in which the Israelites believed God was on their side. In these wars there were often miraculous victories in which the losing city or tribe were completely wiped out. Pacifists do not believe in fighting in any form but Jesus mentioned these wars in his teachings. In Luke 4: 18-19 it says, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." ...read more.


Most modern day pacifists would never think of knocking tables over and driving merchants out as true pacifism. However there are also reasons for people to believe Jesus was a pacifist. For example, quoting from Matthew 5: 39, "Do not resist one who is evil. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." This basically means that if anyone tries to fight you just let them and do not be tempted to fight back. A true pacifist would stand there and take whatever you did to them because they do not believe in fighting at all. Also in Matthew he says "Blessed be the peacemakers; for they shall be called sons of God." This definitely implies that even if Jesus was not a pacifist he wanted us to be. ...read more.


"Behold your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of and ass." Jesus was not riding in as a warrior king but as a king of peace. Personally I think that Jesus was a pacifist but not a true pacifist. A true pacifist would not have been violent in any way when they turned out the merchants from the temple. However there is plenty of evidence that Jesus did not believe in fighting. "All those who take the sword will die by the sword." This is the quote that makes me most think that Jesus did not like fighting. Even when he was arrested and condemned to death he did not want anyone getting hurt over him. The other thing that makes me think he was a pacifist is when he teaches people to "turn the other cheek" He does not want anyone retaliating to other people fighting. Jennifer Lewis 11A ...read more.

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