Was Jesus really a pacifist?

Jesus is perceived by many as being a pacifist who never practiced or advocated violence of any kind.  He commanded us to turn the other cheek when someone hits us and to love everyone, including our enemies.  On the basis of these commands some Christians have concluded that a Christian must never engage in any kind of violence.  They believe it is wrong for a Christian to serve in the military, even if his country is at war.

If we consider only these teachings of Jesus this seems to be a logical conclusion.  But Jesus also did and said some things that are inconsistent with pacifism.

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Things I have read on the internet – 7

My seventh list of good internet articles.


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The king who was planted in rocky ground

In the parable of the sower part of the seed fell on rocky ground.

Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
Matthew 13:5-6

Jesus explained the meaning to his disciples.

As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
Matthew 13:20-21

Judah had a king, Amaziah, who was an example of this kind of seed.

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Things I have read on the internet – 6

My sixth list of good internet articles.


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Adam’s rib

The Bible tells us that God made Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs.

The LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Genesis 2:21-22

This account is so clear that there can be no doubt about what happened.  God removed a bone from Adam’s side and replaced it with flesh.  He then transformed that bone into Eve, the first woman.

But there may be more to the story than that.  I have seen Bibles in which there is a footnote to the word “rib” saying that it can also mean “part of a side”.  And here is something I found on the site gotquestions.org.

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Is there intelligent life on other planets?  That is a question people have been asking as long as we have known that there are other planets.  When the telescope was invented astronomers discovered that some of the “stars” we see are actually worlds like our own and this led to speculation about whether or not there were people living on them.  We now know that there is no other life in our solar system but the possibility remains that planets revolving around other stars might have intelligent inhabitants.

Christians are faced with another question.  If humans ever do contact aliens will we have a responsibility to tell them about God and preach the gospel to them?

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Things I have read on the internet – 5

My fifth list of good internet articles.


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Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry is an excellent source of information for anyone wanting to understand the Bible better.  Here is how they describe themselves.

About The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

CARM is a 501(c)3, non-profit, Christian ministry dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel, doctrine, and theology.  To do this, CARM analyzes religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible. We examine abortion, atheism, evolution, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, relativism,Roman Catholicism, Wicca, universalism, (and more), along with Christian preachers and teachers.  In all our analyses we use the Bible as the final standard of truth in order to defend and promote Christianity.


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Why Jeremiah had no children

Jeremiah prophesied during the final years of Judah’s independence and lived through its final conquest by Babylon.  He suffered many hardships, one of which was being denied the pleasures of having a family.

The word of the LORD came to me: “You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who fathered them in this land: They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.”
Jeremiah 16:1-4

The things that happened to him would have made it hard for him to fulfill his family responsibilities.  His preaching was so unpopular that he sometimes spent time in prison or in hiding from the authorities and after the Babylonian victory he was forced to accompany some people who fled to Egypt for refuge.  But even if the circumstance of his life had been different he would have been childless because of a curse placed on one of his ancestors.

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Things I have read on the internet – 4

My fourth list of good internet articles.


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Climate change

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history.  Here are some of the steps it is taking in response: California Drought

These things will help to alleviate the harm done by the drought but will do nothing to end it.  Israel once suffered a severe drought.  Perhaps a study of that drought will give some ideas about how to cope with the one in California.

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Things I have read on the internet – 3

My third list of useful and informative links.


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Check your diet

We need food to keep our bodies healthy and functioning.  We all realize this and we put a great deal of effort into making sure we get all the food we need.  But we are more than just physical bodies.  Our souls and spirits need nourishment just as much as our bodies do.  The Bible provides this nourishment.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16

It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4

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Things I have read on the internet – 2

Here are more links to useful information I have found on the internet.


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God will judge our works

The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God that we receive through faith and is not the result of any work that we have done.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

But the Bible also says that we will be judged for what we do.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
2 Corinthians 5:10

How can these two facts be reconciled?

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Post-apocalyptic fiction or post-apocalyptic fact

There is a literary genre called post-apocalyptic fiction.  It depicts a future in which civilization has been destroyed by a war or some other catastrophe and the survivors are attempting to cope with the changed environment.  Most people have heard of post-apocalyptic fiction but not many realize there is also a class of literature that is post-apocalyptic fact.

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Some things I have read on the internet

Here are links to some interesting information I have found on the internet.


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The heavens declare the glory of God

Romans 1:20 says that God has revealed himself through the things he has made. The more we know about the creation the more we know about God. Psalm 95:4 says,

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.

If the author of the psalm had known as much about the universe as we do he might have said,

In his hand are the smallest subatomic particles;
the most distant galaxies of the universe are his also.

The shortest chapter in the Bible

The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117.

Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!
Psalm 117

It is sandwiched in between two well known psalms of thanksgiving and praise and readers often don’t pay much attention to it.

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Pluto’s atmosphere

The planet (or ex-planet) Pluto is believed to be about 4.5 billion years old.  We have recently learned a lot more about Pluto as a result of the New Horizons mission.

New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto — the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the solar wind — the outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun — between 48,000 miles (77,000 km) and 68,000 miles (109,000 km) downstream of Pluto. SWAP data revealed this cavity to be populated with nitrogen ions forming a “plasma tail” of undetermined structure and length extending behind the planet.


One thing we have discovered is that Pluto’s atmosphere is being stripped away from it.  If this process had been going on for billions of years how likely is it that Pluto would still have any atmosphere left?  This is evidence that Pluto and the rest of the solar system are much younger that is generally believed.

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