Monday, August 8, 2011

OK, One More On Non-Violence

Thanks to Brian Mclaren, I found this little article by The Raven Foundation. I thought it would go well with all of last weeks posts on the non-violent way of Jesus. enjoy.

Jesus could have used violence, but he refused.  And he asked his followers to do the same.  And eventually they got it.  The first century Christians refused to use violence and they would call Jesus names like, “Divine,” “Son of God,” “God,” and “God from God,” and they would give him titles like “Lord,” “Redeemer,” “Liberator,” and “Savior of the World.”
I fully admit that those names and titles weren’t original, but they were high political treason.  Which makes the early Christians officially B.A.  In claiming “Jesus is Lord, God, Son of God, and Savior of the world,” they were saying “Caesar is not.”  In claiming that Jesus is the “way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) they were subverting Caesar’s way of violence.

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