pi3141 Posted May 20 Share Posted May 20 4 hours ago, Campion said: Ok thanks Pi, so it's just violent resistance which he is against. I haven't checked the original quotes in the Bible so I'll take your word for it. But I do also remember another passage about him not bringing peace but a sword. It all makes me think the context is important and we can't make generalisations out of specifics. Ah well the teaching - 'Resist not evil' is one of those perfect instructions. It applies to all situations, it covers all angles, like 'treat everyone as you wish yourself to be treated' another perfect instruction, you can apply it to any situation and you will not be in error, or at least, in the least amount of error. You may upset someone along the way with different values. But how and when you apply those teachings is a matter of choice. So when Jesus resisted temptation, he was able to do it without himself committing evil, although the devil may have dashed him down and Jesus would have surrendered his life causing the devil to commit an evil act. Again, Jesus would not have been in error, although you could claim such an act was suicide and therefore morally wrong. But that depends on your beliefs, I don't hold suicide to be morally, wrong but such an act would make God sad. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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