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Jesus and Guns Part 1
Barnhardt.biz (Ann Barnhardt's blog) ^ | 4/18/11 | rae4palin

Posted on 04/18/2011 8:14:41 AM PDT by rae4palin

We need to have a frank discussion about Christianity, war and pacifism, because we may all be making direct decisions about these huge questions in our own lives before long. Some scripture popped into my mind earlier this week, and I was able to really dig into it yesterday. I was taken aback by what I found – but in a good way. I hope that this will help bring some clarity, or at the very least start some discussions. I have been thinking all day about whether or not my exegesis is being influenced by my own personal leanings on this subject. Perhaps it is. You will need to be the judge of that – but consider yourself disclaimed.

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Okay. Stop, stop, stop. Hold the phone. Put out the cat. First of all, this proves that He was speaking in the literal sense in addition to the figurative sense. But more importantly, do you realize what this means? At least two of the apostles arrived at the Upper Room wearing side arms, which they then took off so they could sit on the floor around the low table that was used in those days. What this also means is that there were side arms present, in the room, at the Last Supper.

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1 posted on 04/18/2011 8:14:45 AM PDT by rae4palin
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To: rae4palin

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2 posted on 04/18/2011 8:24:58 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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In my not so humble opinion, she knocked this one out of the park.


3 posted on 04/18/2011 8:36:19 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: rae4palin

Why excerpt? If you want a discussion of Free Republic, why not bring the text to Free Republic?

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Jesus and Guns Part 1 (Repost by Request)
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - April 17, AD 2011 9:52 PM MST
Originally posted November 27, AD 2010

We need to have a frank discussion about Christianity, war and pacifism, because we may all be making direct decisions about these huge questions in our own lives before long. Some scripture popped into my mind earlier this week, and I was able to really dig into it yesterday. I was taken aback by what I found – but in a good way. I hope that this will help bring some clarity, or at the very least start some discussions. I have been thinking all day about whether or not my exegesis is being influenced by my own personal leanings on this subject. Perhaps it is. You will need to be the judge of that – but consider yourself disclaimed.

First, a small but necessary sidetrack. I have been asked many times about which Bible translation I use or think is best. I used to hemm and haw and say something non-committal about the King James version. I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt what translation we need to be using. We need to be using the Douay-Rheims translation which was begun in 1582 and completed in 1610. It is only two steps removed from the original texts. The Douay-Rheims is the direct translation of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. St. Jerome was commissioned to translate the entire canon of scripture into Latin in the year 382 in preparation for the Church Councils which finally set and canonized the Bible, particularly the Coucil of Carthage in 387. St. Jerome worked from ORIGINAL texts as much as possible, and translated from Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. The Douay-Rheims is the direct translation from St. Jerome’s translation of the original texts into modern English. Remember, English as we recognize it today has only been around for 550 years or so. If you were to be dropped into England earlier than the year 1450, you would have a very, very difficult time communicating. So, the Douay-Rheims has between it and the original texts only St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. I personally use a Bible that is Douay-Rheims side-by-side with the Latin Vulgate. As I pick up more and more Latin, I find myself reading the Latin, and using the English as a cross-check. You’re about to see that this is all very, very important.

Let’s go to Luke 22 – the Last Supper. Christ has just instituted the Eucharist and the Christian liturgy. By doing this in anticipation of His death on the Cross the next day, He has made Calvary the centerpoint of time. He has drawn the Old Testament forward to the Cross, and He has pulled the time after Calvary backward. Every moment in time will now pass through and be reconciled to Calvary. (“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself.” John 12:32) What I want you to appreciate is the enormousness of the occasion. This is one of the most important things that has ever or will ever happen. This isn’t just a farewell meal. The entire world and everyone in it is utterly pivoting on what is happening in this room.

Let’s go to verse 35 through 38. Jesus has just told Peter that he will deny Him three times.

“When I sent you without purse and scrip and shoes, did you want anything? But they said: Nothing. Then said He unto them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip: and he that hath not, let him sell his coat and buy a sword. For I say to you that this that is written must yet be fulfilled in Me. And with the wicked was he reckoned. For the things concerning Me have an end. But they said: Lord, behold, here are two swords. And He said to them: It is enough.”

FYI: “scrip” means money. What He is telling them is that they are about to encounter evil, and in preparation for this they need to do whatever they need to do in order to prepare. He is saying that they need to reallocate their assets and “buy a sword”. In Latin, “emat gladium”. Emat = buy, purchase, acquire, procure. Gladium = sword.

Wow. I can hear the hippies screaming from here. “He didn’t really mean it! He wasn’t speaking literally! He was speaking figuratively!”

He was speaking, as God Almighty almost always does, on multiple levels, INCLUDING THE LITERAL. Oh, yes. I’ll concede that we should take from this scripture His call to reject materialism and gird ourselves for spiritual battle. No doubt. But if we delude ourselves into thinking that this is the ONLY sense in which He is speaking, we are missing something huge. Look at the last verse:

“But they said: Lord, behold, here are two swords. And He said to them: It is enough.”

Okay. Stop, stop, stop. Hold the phone. Put out the cat. First of all, this proves that He was speaking in the literal sense in addition to the figurative sense. But more importantly, do you realize what this means? At least two of the apostles arrived at the Upper Room wearing side arms, which they then took off so they could sit on the floor around the low table that was used in those days. What this also means is that there were side arms present, in the room, at the Last Supper.

Now here is where all of the hippies are going to absolutely lose it. What is the contemporary, technological equivalent of a sword? What is considered a “side arm” today? That’s right. A handgun. Now you can scream and spit and stomp and rage and retch all you want, but you know I’m right. The apostles report that they have two swords, and Jesus says, “It is enough.” I saw in my research that some scholars try to paint Jesus as snapping at the apostles, trying to translate “Satis est (It is enough)” as “Oh, enough already!” I don’t hear that at all. I hear Him simply saying that two swords will be enough. This is where we get into huge problems with modern quasi-Christian “scholars” projecting their own agendas onto their translation of the Bible. Here are a couple of examples of bad, agenda-driven translations:

“Enough of that!” (Holman Christian Standard)

“Enough of that; no more sword talk!” (The Message – not a joke, they completely fabricated that second phrase.)

Even if you go with these false translations, you’re still stuck with the fact that there were side arms IN THE ROOM at the Last Supper. What, are you going to argue that Jesus didn’t KNOW that there were swords in the room? Who is Jesus? He’s God Almighty. He knows EVERYTHING. Further, if this was just a horrible mistake or coincidence, why would Jesus make specific reference to swords and arming one’s self, thus leading the apostles to inventory the weapons arsenal in the room? FURTHER, why would the Holy Spirit, through Luke, put all of this down in writing? Why are we all sitting in front of our respective computer screens, poring through our Bibles, reading and discussing this 1977 years after the fact? Dude. It is not sufficient at this point to simply declare me a bloodthirsty, gun-toting war monger and then walk away. You have to refute and rebut the logical progression I just laid out. Good luck with that.

Now, let’s go to verse 49. They’re in the Garden, and Jesus has gone through His agony. Now Judas, with the Jewish guards, approaches. Judas kisses Jesus to show the guards which man they should arrest. The apostles see this and ask, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” Dude, they’re STILL ARMED. If Jesus was disgusted with the swords back in the Upper Room, why are the apostles wearing SWORDS in the Garden? Don’t you think that hippie, pacifist Jesus would have told them to LEAVE THE SWORDS BEHIND? And then scolded them? He didn’t do that. They put on their swords and walked to the Garden. You know why? Because Jesus is neither a hippie nor a pacifist. Lord, I want to be like Jesus. In my heart. In my heart. Lord, I want to be like Jesus, in my heart. Next, Peter (and we know it was Peter from John 18) struck one of the guards and cut off his ear.

Jesus and Guns Part 2 (Repost by Request)
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - April 17, AD 2011 9:48 PM MST

“And they that were about Him, seeing what would follow, said to Him: Lord, shall we strike with the sword? And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.”
So just to make certain that we are all appreciating this, Peter, the prince of the apostles, is carrying a side arm and knows what to do with it. Now this next verse is the one that really surprised me:

“But Jesus answering, said: Suffer ye thus far. And when He had touched his ear, He healed him.”

Huh? What does “Suffer ye thus far” mean? Hmmm. Let’s look at some contemporary translations and see what they say:

“Stop! No more of this.” (New American Standard)

“Let them be. Even in this.” (The Message)

“No more of this!” (Holman Christian Standard)

Uh-oh. This is not good. These modern translations aren’t anywhere close to the Douay-Rheims. The words “stop” and “no” were obviously part of the English lexicon when the Douay-Rheims was made, and they are not used in this verse. Something is wrong here. In order to figure this out, let’s go to the Latin. “Sinite usque huc.”

Sinite: second person plural active imperative of “sino” Sino: let, permit

Okay, so sinite means “you all let” or “you all permit” in the imperative case, which means a command. (That makes sense! Like “suffer the little children to come unto Me” means “permit the little children . . . “)

Usque: adverb meaning “all the way”

Huc: adverb meaning here, hence, to this place, to this point

You all permit + all the way + here.

Jesus isn’t scolding them. Jesus isn’t saying “no more of this” and barking at them to stop. Jesus is giving them the command to hold and stand down. “You all permit all the way here.” This is a HUGE distinction. If a military commander gives his men the order to hold fire and stand down, is he criticizing them? Is he attacking and rebuking their use of weaponry? Is he communicating that they should be pacifists? Is he rejecting their vocations as soldiers? No. He is simply telling them to hold their fire and stand down because there is, at the moment, a tactical reason to do so. That is EXACTLY what is going on here. Jesus isn’t rebuking the apostles because they are doing exactly what they should do – they are defending their Beloved Friend. If your spouse, or your child, or your best friend, or whoever you love most in this world was being physically attacked and seized, what would you do? What would every fiber of your being be screaming out for you to do? Come to their defense and aid. This is called the Natural Law. God MADE us this way. God made us with the instinctual drive to physically fight to defend those we love. Failure to do so is the sin of cowardice. Cowardice is a violation of both of the Great Commandments: to love God above all else, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Cowardice places the self above both neighbor and God. And in the case of the apostles, they were engaging both commandments directly in the person of Jesus.

This is why Jesus had to give the order to hold and stand down. He had to specifically release them from the Great Commandments in that moment. Why? Two reasons: Obviously, it was the will of the Trinity that Jesus be arrested and crucified. These things had to happen. The apostles couldn’t be expected to understand this at the time, so there was no expectation for them to quietly sit and watch as Jesus was arrested.

Remember who Jesus is. Jesus is God. He knows everything and everyone. Jesus knew every one of the men who came to arrest Him. Not only did He know them, He loved them all infinitely. He MADE every one of them. He wove them together in their mothers’ wombs. He knew every detail of their lives, every thought, every deed. And He loved them. Every single one of them. He also had a plan for every one of them. Like, oh I dunno, CONVERSION? Can you imagine the amount of grace those guards were exposed to? They got to TOUCH Him. They got to look right at Him, and speak to Him. He probably locked eyes with every one of them at some point. Don’t discount that. Even though they were absolutely horrible to Him, they were primed for conversion. We know that Malchus, the guy who got his ear cut off, and then was healed by Jesus, converted. We don’t know about the other guards, but we do know that thousands and thousands of Jews were converted in the first years after the Resurrection. We also know who the first Gentile convert was. It was the Roman Centurion Longinus. Longinus was the Roman soldier who drove the spear into Jesus’ side to make certain He was dead, instead of breaking His legs. When the spear went in, it bursted the cardiac edema, or the water that had built up around Jesus’ Sacred Heart as He died of heart failure. Longinus, standing beside and below Jesus, was sprayed with that water. Baptism. When the water had all come out, Jesus’ Precious Blood sprayed out. Eucharist. The first Gentile convert was a man who had just spent the past nine hours participating in the torture and execution of Jesus. Grace. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that some of the Jewish guards in the garden were converted too. So we can see an additional reason, beyond the obvious, why Jesus told the apostles to stand down. It was His will that some or all of the guards survive and convert, not die in battle in that moment.

Finally, some might reference Jesus’ words in Matthew’s gospel:

“Then Jesus saith to him: Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

Do you know what I think Jesus is doing here? I think this may be a veiled prophecy about islam. Islam teaches that the way to convert people is to put a sword to their neck and give them a choice: convert or die. This is referred to as “the Sword of islam”. This is how all other evil, satanic systems operate as well. Marxism leaps to mind. In Marxist tyranny, people are arrested and imprisoned, given the choice to “learn the new system” or die. In addition to a veiled prophecy, Jesus is telling Peter that Christianity does not and will not convert with the sword. It converts only with love. AND, He is telling Peter and us that Christians do not and will not punish apostates (people who leave the faith - like Judas) with the sword. Both islam and Marxism execute apostates. But the second phrase, “shall perish with the sword” is very telling. Jesus is saying that those who “take the sword” and try to convert people to, and hold people in their evil systems by force will in the end be killed WITH THE SWORD. Who will be wielding that sword? Christ will be victorious, so doesn’t it stand to reason that the Army of Christ will be the one wielding the sword in the second phrase? Boy, this sure sounds like a ratification of self-defense and just war, doesn’t it?

So there you go. Like I said, I’m no authority. I’m just a chick with a Douay-Rheims/Vulgate Bible and a Latin dictionary. I hope you find this interesting, and I hope it spurs thought and discussion. I also hope it drives home the point that the translation of the Bible that we use is utterly critical. It isn’t a mere “detail”. It is the difference between the Truth and a lie. I think my exegesis is rooted in Scripture, logic and love. I don’t think I’m simply fabricating things that aren’t there in order to support my own personal philosophical leanings - but then, I’m not a “theologian”. I guess we’ll all find out - someday.


4 posted on 04/18/2011 8:41:16 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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General Patton on Pacifism
and Preaching Pacifism from the Pulpit


“They (religious leaders) should read all of the Bible, not just the part they like.”

General George S. Patton had a knack for getting straight to the point. He always wanted his commanders to ‘get the facts’ before making a decision. Sometimes the truth got him into trouble but more often then not he cut to the quick. Here is his take on pacifism and ‘pulpit killers’ taken form Patton’s Principles by Porter B. Williamson, one of his former officers.

“Gen. Patton did not have kind words for those who could not face death. He had harsh words for the religious leaders who opposed the efforts of the military and preached, “Thou shall not kill.” Gen. Patton called these types, “pulpit killers!” He commented, “These pulpit killers that go around saying that the Bible says that man dare not kill causes the death of many thousands of good soldiers. Damn little those pulpit killers know about the Bible. They know even less about the way God works. They should read all of the Bible, not just the part they like! God never hesitated to kill. God never hesitates to kill when one man or any race of man needed to be punished. God helped David kill Goliath, didn’t he? How about Noah and the Ark? All of the rest of the people were killed in the flood! God took the blame for this mass murder. How about the Red Sea which opened up long enough for one race to escape and another race to be killed. Don’t talk to me about God not permitting man to kill. War means that we have to kill people. That’s all there is to it. It is a sin not to kill if we are serving on God’s side. There is no other way to win. Wars must be won for God’s sake. He has a part in every war! The quicker we can kill the enemy, the quicker we can go home and listen to the pulpit killers tell us what we did wrong. If it wasn’t for us, those pulpit idiots would be shot for standing in their own pulpits. Our task is to kill the enemy before we are killed.”...

Many accused Gen. Patton of loving war. In fact, the Patton movie script had him saying, “I love war!” Gen. Patton did not love war, but he had the courage to face the truth that all there is to war is killing people. Gen. Patton hated war far more than the “pulpit killers” he condemned. He often quoted the Bible, saying, “There will always be wars and rumors of wars.” Gen. Patton hated those military and political leaders who delayed, regrouped, consolidated gains, defended land, dug fox holes, or would permit any act which would prolong the war without any thought of the soldiers on both sides that would die from the delay.”

From: Chapter 5, Principle for Making Decisions, subheading, ‘When at war we must kill people.’

As Patton said, people tend to quote the parts of the Bible they like. This is true for all religions. When sacred texts talk of peace and harmony, they are referring of the need to ‘love thy neighbor’ and to be the non-agressor; but when attacked there is the need to defend liberty, freedom and Peace. When the Great Master and other teachers speak of ‘turning the other cheek,’ being ‘peaceful’ and ‘non-violent’; what they are saying is that one’s emotions should not be violent or filled with hatred and anger when defending life.

Many might be surprised to learn that “Thou shalt not kill,” is a deliberate mis-translation. The original statement from God on Mt. Sinai was “Thou shalt not murder.” Big distinction but very convenient for the forces of evil that want good people to stand by and do nothing. Most people who cry ‘Thou shalt not kill’ probably don’t believe in most of the other commandments anyway.

It is hypocritical to cry ‘Peace! Peace! When there is no Peace!’ Freedom is being trampled throughout the world. Without America and Americans like Patton, the criers of peace will be dead along with any recognizable form of Religion or Democracy.

-— the Editor, William House


5 posted on 04/18/2011 8:41:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: rae4palin

I can hear the screaming masses descending as we sit here! Great article! Swords, at the last supper no less! LOL If only people would read scripture without pre conceived ideas. Thanks for posting this.


6 posted on 04/18/2011 8:42:38 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: DocRock

Ping for later.


7 posted on 04/18/2011 8:42:48 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: rae4palin

This one’s a keeper...


8 posted on 04/18/2011 8:43:07 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: rae4palin
We need to be using the Douay-Rheims translation which was begun in 1582 and completed in 1610. It is only two steps removed from the original texts. The Douay-Rheims is the direct translation of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate.

What an extraordinarily odd notion.If you had to translate an important business document from Russian to English, would you translate it from Russian to Chinese and then into English? Doesn't each step increase the change of error?

9 posted on 04/18/2011 8:43:32 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: thackney

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siW43SXk2Ac


10 posted on 04/18/2011 8:45:33 AM PDT by rae4palin (GAME ON!!!)
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To: rae4palin

I’m sorry, were you just trying to promote a blog or were you after an actual discussion on Free Republic?


11 posted on 04/18/2011 8:48:06 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Squantos; NFHale; Gilbo_3
MUST READ...ping!
12 posted on 04/18/2011 8:54:22 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: rae4palin

Thank you. You have done a service here for the 2nd amendment.


13 posted on 04/18/2011 8:57:38 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: rae4palin
First, the Lord Jesus Christ did Not abolish the law. Thus, when he was on the earth, when faced with the adulterous woman, he did not say "The Law was wrong" but "Go and sin no more". He gave her Mercy and Grace when the law was correct to stone her (and her partner).

Now today, we do not enforce the law with Swords. But back then, they did. The sword was feared by the general population at that time and one of the ultimate weapons against crime and violence. Today, the Police use Mace, Nightsticks but use Guns as the ultimate weapon against crime. See Romans 13:4 for the ultimate theological discussion on the governments use of power.

Now the question is whether the Lord Jesus Christ prohibits personal weapons of defense. When, he was on the earth last, he used the parable of the Robbed Man. A man he said was beaten by ROBBERS and left for dead. He said the man was going from JERUSALEM to JERICHO which was a hot bed of Robbers. He used this lesson with the Pharisees to answer them about Who was their Neighbor according to the law. To which they would argue was Not their neighbor (wrongly).

Now to say you couldn't carry a weapon from JESUSALEM to JERICHO and protect your family and children would have gotten you laughed out of town in that day. To not provide (protection) for your family in Scriptures is to make yourself "Worse than an Infidel".

Thus, I will give the Cloak from my back, and walk "the extra mile" but when my family is threatened directly with violence I feel I have the right and the responsibility to defend them with all I have. And those on the border will Mexico will tell you Exactly what that means.

14 posted on 04/18/2011 9:02:48 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: thackney

Thanks for posting the full content.

I wonder how the original poster forgot to include it.

Very odd.


15 posted on 04/18/2011 9:10:10 AM PDT by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: sr4402

Somewhat of a side issue jumped out at me.

I have never seen any discussion of whether the apostles’ possession of swords was legal under Roman law.

It would seem very odd of the Romans to allow restive subject populations to carry arms freely.


16 posted on 04/18/2011 9:21:53 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: rae4palin

God bless Ann Barnhardt. She is doing the job that ordinary Republicans just won’t do.


17 posted on 04/18/2011 9:39:14 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: CynicalBear
"The women in my country learned long ago that those without swords may still die upon them."
--Eowyn, from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Pacifism is a criminal offense against God, Man, nature, life, justice and reason. Pick any three.

18 posted on 04/18/2011 9:41:53 AM PDT by Noumenon ("How do we know when the Government is like that guy with the van and the handcuffs?" --Henry Bowman)
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To: backwoods-engineer
The disease is spreading to the general population.


19 posted on 04/18/2011 9:48:06 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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To: rae4palin

bookmark


20 posted on 04/18/2011 9:50:27 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: hiredhand; Squantos; Gilbo_3

Magnificent woman.

She did an excellent job. I was raised on the Douay Bible (12 years of Roman Catholic schooling).

Look up “AA-1025” and get the book. It’s a story of communist inflitration into Seminaries in the attempt to alter and destroy Christianity from within.


21 posted on 04/18/2011 10:01:29 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Sherman Logan
We need to be using the Douay-Rheims translation which was begun in 1582 and completed in 1610. It is only two steps removed from the original texts. The Douay-Rheims is the direct translation of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. What an extraordinarily odd notion.If you had to translate an important business document from Russian to English, would you translate it from Russian to Chinese and then into English? Doesn't each step increase the change of error?

Apple and oranges. Remember, Jesus and the disciples were trilingual: Latin, Greek, and some Aramaic? And there is a lot of direct correspondence between Latin and Greek. The Gospel of Matthew of written in Greek, but some of what he recorded was actually said in Latin (for example, what Pilate said to Jesus).

22 posted on 04/18/2011 10:14:42 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Sherman Logan
Somewhat of a side issue jumped out at me.

I have never seen any discussion of whether the apostles’ possession of swords was legal under Roman law.

It would seem very odd of the Romans to allow restive subject populations to carry arms freely.

I have wondered about that too. As long as you paid your taxes, paid lip service to Caesar and kept the peace, the Romans were not too oppressive? Carrying swords must have been permitted. The Roman soldiers in the garden apparently did not confiscate the swords or arrest the apostles. I guess their concept of arms control was limited to hitting what you swung at.

23 posted on 04/18/2011 10:49:31 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: backwoods-engineer
some of what he recorded was actually said in Latin (for example, what Pilate said to Jesus).

What makes you think Pilate spoke in Latin? The Roman aristocracy and officials had been bilingual for centuries. Greek was much more widespread in the East than Latin.

So in all likelihood Pilate spoke Greek to Christ and to the crowds.

24 posted on 04/18/2011 11:08:38 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: backwoods-engineer

The apostles were probably bilingual: Aramaic and Greek.

There is no evidence I’m aware of that any of them spoke Latin, with of course the notable exception of Paul, a Roman citizen. Some may also have had some Hebrew.

Christ himself no doubt was fluent in any language he chose to use. :)


25 posted on 04/18/2011 11:12:02 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
Some may also have had some Hebrew.

I would imagine more than just a few jews of the time spoke Hebrew.

26 posted on 04/18/2011 11:26:41 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: thackney; rae4palin; hiredhand; NFHale
thanks thackney for posting the whole thing...

it took Luke 22:36 to spark my interest and see Lord Jesus as more than a pacifist hippie...

although i agree that theres plenty of *figurative* to debate as well, but to me its clear [and no human has dampened what i *know* in my heart] that the literal, in context, simply screams to defend myself and resist evils of 'the world'...

Blessings to all...

27 posted on 04/18/2011 8:31:54 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: rae4palin
We need to have a frank discussion about Christianity, war and pacifism

What Would Jesus Do?


28 posted on 04/19/2011 1:32:46 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Sherman Logan

I do know that any Roman Citizen {who wasn’t a slave} could possess and use a sword; the Apostle Paul is an example of one who was both a Jew and a Roman Citizen so some of the 12 could have been Citizens and therefore owning a sword would be permissible.


29 posted on 04/20/2011 2:36:13 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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