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Deus ex Machina

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I don't think it's just Christians who would disagree with your interpretation.

The point of that phrase - and it's illustrated in Mat 10:35-36 - is that Jesus' teachings are divisive, and will set even members of the same household against one another. This is supported by a very similar passage in Luke, likely of the same root origin (Luke 12:51-53) which doesn't use "sword" but rather refers to "division". So the notion that "I came not to bring peace but a sword" is metaphor is, on the face of the available data, more reasonable than the interpreted implication that Jesus would himself start setting about with an actual edged weapon.
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median I agreed when I was a Christian. It's making 'divisions' Y/N October 23, 2013, 11:47:44 AM
magicmiles Good to see a non Christian prepared to accept context October 19, 2013, 06:02:43 PM