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  •  The Luke verse that you quote (0+ / 0-)

    ...is not Jesus telling his disciples (or listeners) to bring in his enemies to be slaughtered; he is speaking in context of a parable.

    The meaning can be fairly debated, but it's not accurate to portray Jesus as making that command any more than someone saying you commanded your enemies to be brought before you and slaughtered by giving voice to the character in the parable.

    "Mitt Romney isn't a vulture capitalist: vultures only eat things that are dead." -S. Colbert

    by newinfluence on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:29:34 PM PST

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    •  Yes, it is a parable (0+ / 0-)

      But:
      (1) The nobleman in the parable is a reference to the Son of man returning later to establish his kingdom; so the identification is reasonable and in fact has been made.

      (2) My point was not that this is a main lesson of the NT, but rather that you can always cherry-pick.  The NT has verses with ugly and uncharitable interpretations just as the OT does. So to pick the genocide of the Amalekites from the OT and ignore the gazillions of lessons about loving your neighbor and helping the poor and respecting the immigrant, while picking the beatitudes from the NT and ignoring the threats against the unbelievers is to distort the argument.

      I can do the same thing with countries:  Hungary is a more civilized country than the US because it has better health care and better subsidies for education (and never mind about the fascist, anti-semitic anti-Roma Jobbik party that has 12% of the seats in Parliament).  

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