Matthew 26:52 Jesus explains that you should put down your sword, because those who live by the sword will die by the sword. A pretty clear anti-violence message it would seem, and with a good reason; if you are a violent person, you are likely do be met with violence. But as often happens in the Bible we get some mixed signals here. In both Matthew 10:34-39 and Luke 12:51 Jesus says that he does not bring peace to the earth, but a sword. I'm not 100% sure what this means, but he certainly seems to be advocating some type of violence here.
I would like to explore Paul's writing next, as he wrote a huge number of the books of the new testament. We can start with 1 Timothy 1:9-10 which names people who attack their parents as well as murderers in a list of bad people. Paul also argues that we should not repay evil for evil in 1 Peter 3:8-9 as well as 1 Thessalonians 5:15. With these instructions, Paul is saying the old law of eye for an eye is a thing of the past. Hilariously, in 2 Thessalonians 1:6 (the very next page in my bible) Paul states that God considers eye for an eye just. How is that for mixed signals?
If you are inclined to focus on the anti-violence verses, you might think that the message is that we should not only avoid violence with others, but we should actually wish everyone well. You might cite Matthew 5:44 which says that we should love our enemies. While this does sound quite good, it is contradicted in the bible as well, in 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Paul seems to delight in the fact that his enemies will be punished by God. Granted, he is not attacking them himself, but he is reveling in the fact that they are being punished. Similarly, in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 those Paul writes that those who do not know God will receive vengeance from God, and again there seems to be a sense of glee from the author.
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When it comes to violence down on the earthly realm, the bible just seems to serve up a big pile of mixed messages. This to me is worse than having nothing. If both sides of an issue can each find a verse to support their position, everyone will think they are supported by God and progress toward some kind of agreement will basically impossible. When we consider violence on the part of God, we get a pretty clear picture of the nature of God, although it is probably not the God that most people envision.