Re: Jesus did not arm His disciples with swords.
Jesus relied on God (umm, himself) to escape from deadly situations. It happened several times where he mysteriously managed to slip away from an angry mob. And by the way there is noting wrong with avoiding violence; it is obviously preferable. But the self-defense situations we're talking about are where leaving the scene isn't an option. If God gave me a way to escape believe me I'd take it.
Originally Posted by awestruckchild
In the Garden at the arrest, he rebuked Peter and said:
Mat 26:53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
He is saying it would be perfectly within his rights to use force. But he doesn't. But not because using force is inherently wrong. He explains why in the next verse:
Mat 26:54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
The arrest in the garden does not make a case for pacifism for three reasons: 1) It was an arrest by government officials, not an attack by an angry mob. 2) His life was not in danger, and 3) Prophesy had to be fulfilled.
“To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper.” – Daniel Webster, 4th of July, 1800, Oration at Hanover, N.H.