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6 years ago  ::  Jun 27, 2011 - 9:44PM #1
mitchel1
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You might want to check out the Disciples Peace Fellowship blogs. 

LOVE with KNOWLEDGE and INSIGHT


is one of the newer articles: www.dpfweb.org/dpf-blog/2011/6/12/love-w... What do you think?
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6 years ago  ::  Jun 29, 2011 - 8:48AM #2
Mnickerson
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Interesting article. The writers of the New Testament seemed to have been oblivious to the violence that surrounded them until, of course, the government arrested Jesus and put him to death. People today live in a state of constant violence. It fills our days through TV, the internet, etc. It is the common way of preceiving all of life. Loving your enemies is contrary to the norm and in some instances almost an act of treason. Being transformed in mind requires us to live away from the world and not participate in much of society. 

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6 years ago  ::  Jun 29, 2011 - 11:12AM #3
mitchel1
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In fact the people of ancient Palestine were well aware of the violence of the world. There was no naivete. You might want to check out John Howard Yoder's The Politics of Jesus and more recents books by Richard Horsley such as Jesus and Empire or John Crossan's God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now. Reliance on superior force to fight force is seen as a lack of faith in the biblical testamony. Jesus radicalized that posture by rejecting deadly force altogether, calling for the love of enemies, regardless of the consequences. His own fate illustrated a possible consequence of such love and the resurrection demonstrated the divine possibilities for those who walk by faith.


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