Jesus taught pacifism

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There is little agreement as to what Jesus looked like.

What is pacifism? Does it allow working for social change?

"There is a history of Christianity, the first three centuries, it was a radical pacifist religion, which is why it was persecuted. It was the religion of the poor and the suffering."

— Noam Chomsky[1]

Jesus did not preach against state violence or punishment of crime?[3] The fact that Jesus did not comment on issues concerning worldly states is irrelevant because he did never addresses policies of states. Therefore, we cannot conclude that Jesus would approving of a government policy because of his lack of comment.

Also, he saved a guilty adulterer from being stoned.

"Jesus never once preached against a nation having an army or the state maintaining a police force. Logically, this can lead us to only one possible inference. Jesus’ silence meant that He approved of and accepted the Old Testament precedent of the valid use of force.[3]"

Anti-police

Military

"But the absence of a specific condemnation of the military profession in these passages does not necessarily mean that Christianity sanctions war or the military. By using the same logic employed by those who make this type of argument, one could easily insist that these passages also sanction slavery. [...] So then, what are the meanings of these two New Testament passages? Neither speaks directly to the issues of warfare or slavery.[2]"

Example of Jesus. He allowed his own death.

Cleansing of the temple did not use violence against people?

Pacifism by the Quakers

Argument from consequences - evil will take over?

Different teaching in epistles and Revelation?

Be indifferent to worldly affairs.

Victimhood is praised.

Divergence of epistles, Old Testament, Pauline Christianity and adoption of Christianity into the Roman Empire. Assumption of Biblical internal consistency requires justification - evidence points the other way.

The early church had a range of opinions on military service and pacifism, with the majority abstaining from military service.

Pope Francis suggests those in the weapons industry can't call themselves Christian.[4]

When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary - including war - to stop evil [...] In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un.[5]

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  • A man accused of desecrating a Brisbane war memorial says he had a “higher permission” to remove a brass sword from a stone crucifix.[13]