Originally Posted by Roering
Matthew 5:38-48 has nothing to do with pacifism in the face of violence.
Sure it does. If someone strikes you... turn to them your other cheek. How is that not pacifism in the face of violence?
Can you find one instance where jesus struk first or even struck back in the face of violence?
I don't think you can reasonably conclude at all that Jesus ever instructed to use force or even the threat of force to protect one's self from an attack. And if that truly is what he meant in the "Get a sword" passage.. he's a hypocrite. Refusing to acknowledge it doesn't make it go away.