One of the objections to the Christian faith is that it has been historically associated with violence; that it has specialized in intimidating its opponents, and killed some of them for their resistance. If someone took my clothes and wore them, and (God forbid!) committed a crime while adorned in them, would that make me guilty of the crime committed? Obviously not, because a thorough and unbiased investigation will reveal that I am innocent, and that the actual criminal impersonated me. When Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate for judgment having been accused of inciting insurrection and political destabilization. Pilate examined Him and found Him innocent of the crime He was accused of. Pilate detected no trace of violent behavior in Him whatsoever.
Anyone who advocates and applies violence to propagate the “Christian faith” is not a true Christian. He or she is a pseudo Christian. In the Messianic prophecy, the Prophet Isaiah says this about Jesus” “Behold My Servant…He will not quarrel nor cry out…A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoking flax He will not quench…” How then can His kingdom be associated with violence? When the Apostle Peter wielded his weapon and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant, Jesus demonstrated publicly that He did not condone violent behavior by healing the man’s ear and restoring it while at the same time chiding His disciple for his action.
His true followers emulate Him and any deviation from His principles is not Christian at all. We contend for the faith not through violence, but by consecrating the Lord in our hearts and being ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is within us with meekness and reverence, not by brandishing the sword or gun. To say Christianity is violent is to misunderstand what Christianity truly is.
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