6 comments on “Peace, Discord and Division

  1. “Both are right, and both are wrong; we must think before we react.”

    Amen. As Kierkegaard said, once you label me, you can dismiss me.” And it is often both and neither, which is why we need to keep listening to one another.

    I believe the opposition Jesus brought (via the Holy Spirit) is in the way we get life. One side gets life from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (worldly or religious); the other side from the Tree of Life (Jesus), by partaking in the divine nature (2 Pet.1:4). They are actually opposite, even though they look similar on the outside sometimes.

    • That’s an excellent way to describe it. Yes, it’s how we view life or “Weltgeschichte” that is the real gulf. Yet, as Scripture tells us, there are “men (people) of peace” who are willing to hear, who need us to speak to them so that they might be saved.

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  3. Thanks for your insights onto what is a contentious passage, and mainly because as readers we read it through our own theological paradigms. My suspicion is that he was talking about how love and forgiveness divide. It worries me that this passage is to often used to justify religious-based violence. If Jesus’ theology and ethics were primarily peace-oriented, then we would need to interpret this passage in that light. But a world that equates violence with power, and that uses violence to preserve exclusivity, will likely see in this a justification for that exclusivity. I think Jesus meant the opposite though. I can easily imagine that choosing to forgive Roman oppressors, in a politically-charged climate, as Jesus does, for example – albeit implicitly – in Luke 4, would divide people. On that occasion preaching forgiveness almost got him killed. The world doesn’t seem to like those who practise peace.

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