To answer that question, we look at four episodes in the Gospels: John the Baptist and some soldiers; Jesus and a centurion; an apparent command to use a sword against a disciple’s family; and two swords during Jesus’ arrest.
Did they pick up swords to stop the persecution and control nonconformists?
The question is really asking whether they can kill in the name of the law or the Constitution.
Whether you want your baby or not, God loves him or her, and he loves you. God can turn your Plan B into his Plan A, and make it better than your plans. Keep your baby, if you have an unplanned pregnancy.
Despite the confusion circulating over the web for years, the Bible unambiguously upholds the sanctity of prenatal life.
Sometimes the church can be self-righteous and condemn a sinner in the name of holiness, ignoring mercy. Or it can be permissive in the name of mercy, ignoring holiness.
Does it allow violence to be done to Christians, without self-defense?
In the current confusion in society, we need clarity. The Bible still has wisdom to teach us, if we listen.
People forget that the Bible also advocates liberty. Let’s see what we can discover universal truths from these historical, culture-bound laws.
This is an easy-to-follow word study of key terms in the New Testament. Studying them, we will have clarity.