It sounds like you think Paul was completely pacifist in his beliefs based on his response to persecution. Do you think his response to persecution would be totally incompatible with non-pacifist beliefs?
Or, you just don't want to think about whether Jesus would like His name on weapons of destruction?
Chris, thank you for your detailed reply. I was much clearer after it, about what you actually think personally.I (personally), would make a distinction between someone in my house threatening me or my family (whom I would not intend to kill in the first instance) and someone in another country. I've just come across 1 Tim 4:10 (as if I've never seen it before), which plays a large part in my thinking.Eli Brayley has written a thought-provoking article about the very matter of brethren not agreeing to disagree, if we intend to find true unity in the Spirit. I hope you can find time to read it, and that it will provoke us all into closer fellowship with one another.[url=https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=32415&forum=34&6]Thoughts on Christian Unity in The Theological Realm[/url]
GreetingsThe interesting thing about that teaching on the other thread that you mentioned here is that we are not actually walking together daily. We are coming to a forum and sharing thoughts and what we understand about what the Bibles says on these things but we are not actually walking together daily, caring for one another as we would be in a local assembly of believers. So for me I am not really sure how that teaching applies yet. I have been praying about it as well as this thread also. I don't personally like the term "agree to disagree" but I do see the point Chris is making about not wanting to get caught up in some of these topics. I am just not sure I see the purpose in all these discussions that never seem to have any real benefit? God Bless maryjane
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