I agree that plenty of violence has been committed in the name of Jesus, but I'm opposed to that and I disagree with other Christians about interpreting the bible that way. Which I think was part of CB's point in starting the thread in the first place...
Yeah, you hit it on the head, absolutely. I don't claim to be a Bible expert or a Christ expert, only a person who thinks about stuff, and it seems so odd and incomprehensible to me that people who are self-designatedly Christian are in favor of things like war or even in favor of appropriating war's metaphors and trappings. I can't see what all that has to do with what Christ said at all
. To be honest, I'm still not seeing it, because I'm asking for what Jesus
said and so far I've gotten John, I've gotten Paul, I've gotten everyone but George or Ringo; I've even gotten Jesus out of context, but that's it. To me, flipping some dudes' tables in a temple doesn't count as violence against people
at all, although it does suggest a very healthy disgust toward people who turn religion into big business. Thank God that all Christian churches take that part of Christ's message to heart today. Cough.