Re: Jesus did not arm His disciples with swords.
It is so contradictory to see Christians justify violence turning the crucifixion of Christ into an example, as if the Lord's thought was "hold it Peter, this time is different. The time before and the time after, you swing that sword! But today is an exception."
Jesus going to the cross was not just to save us, so we could be safe and live safe self defensive lives, to the opposite, it was for our example, that we would do as he did. Peter didn't fight the Romans to his death (neither did any other early Christian, by the way)... He was crucified like his master. In the same way, we must follow the example of our master.
1 Peter 2
19For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor. 3:18)
Earnestly contending for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints