Bob & Trent,
Matthew 10:34 – “Think not that I have come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace but a sword.”
‘Send’ is translated as ‘bring’ in the 1611 KJV.
Luke 22:36 – “He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment to buy one.” Said at Last Supper in anticipation of imminent arrest.”
Luke 12:51 – “Suppose ye that I have come to give peace on earth? Nay, but rather division…”
…followed by eleven examples.
C. S. Lewis’ “Jesus Trilemma” (commonly referred to as “Lewis’ Lord, Liar or Lunatic”) was part of his oft repeated apologia used in his Oxford lectures, BBC commentaries, and memorialized in his book Mere Christianity.
Discussing the morality of the numerous examples of Jesus’ preaching to his followers; that they should take no thought or preparation for the future, but follow him and become ‘fishers of men’ is morally justified only if Jesus believed Judgment Day was imminent.
Lewis said that absent belief in an imminent Second Coming: “A man who said the kind of things Jesus said would either be a lunatic or else he would be the Devil of Hell.” Elsewhere he refers to this argument as “aut Diosaut malus homo” (either God or a bad man).
So… looks like you can, and I hope will, argue my conclusions, but to say my quotes from scripture and Lewis were wrong – when they were practically verbatim – was incorrect.
Your Brother in Christ…
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