Originally Posted by Roering
It's a teaching not to retaliate or seek revenge, but to be patient to even those who harm you. Not to seek to get killed or lay down to be killed. Christ evaded stoning and encouraged his followers at one time to obtain a sword if they didn't already have one.
Others disagree that the "Get a sword" passage was about taking up a weapon to defend one's self. Jesus used non-violence to avoid injury but never self-defense via weapons or combat. What is your basis that he would approve of such actions?