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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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Buy a sword but turn the other cheek

Jesus gave two commands that on the surface seem to contradict each other.

Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:39

But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
Luke 22:36

What is the point of owning a sword if you are forbidden to defend yourself against an attacker?

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