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    Re: Is Pacifism biblical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slug1 View Post
    You make a good point. Yeah, many pacifists speak their conviction from a POSITION of inactivity through isolation. Put them in the real world and should they encounter a situation where they need to act to prevent evil... then we see how true their conviction truly is.
    Well that's the root of the problem isn't it? Armchair tactics will not serve us very well in an emergency.

    Both of us have been trained in these matters, and we both know that when the rubber meets the road, we will automatically default to our training. Those without training will default to panic in such a circumstance. We both know that from experience Ken.
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    Re: Is Pacifism biblical?

    Quote Originally Posted by keck553 View Post
    Well that's the root of the problem isn't it? Armchair tactics will not serve us very well in an emergency.

    Both of us have been trained in these matters, and we both know that when the rubber meets the road, we will automatically default to our training. Those without training will default to panic in such a circumstance. We both know that from experience Ken.
    Hooah, what we did ALLOWS pacifists to isolate themselves from evil where they will never know what they would actually do. A place from which they can point fingers, instead of looking in the mirror. Hey, it's the calling God placed us and many others in... as Ministers of God.
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    Re: Is Pacifism biblical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Athanasius View Post
    They may (as was attempted earlier) try to appeal to physical force vs. violence, but the distinction seems meaningless (practically), and other than that, the hypothetical is endlessly modified to allow for 'X' intervention as a means of avoiding a direct answer. They are armchair pacifists. If put in such a situation they would act, or I suspect, would not be able to live with themselves if they didn't.
    I think you may have nailed it with armchair pacifists!

    Perhaps such people are mentally and emotionally incapable of grappling with a hypothetical of someone trying to harm and destroy them. It occurs all the time around them but until it touches them personally, they keep it at a distance in their own minds.

    To allow someone to harm them is one thing, but to be there and permit someone to harm another is disgusting to me.

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