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What Is The Meaning Of Christ's Words In Matthew 10:34?

Why would Jesus Christ say He came to bring a sword, not peace?

What is the meaning of Christ's words in Matthew 10:34?

The Christian way of life brings peace to those who live it, so Jesus Christ's comments in Matthew 10:34 seem puzzling at first. He said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword."

In order to understand what He meant, we need to look at the context in which He said these words. The audience He addressed expected and anticipated the establishment of the Kingdom of God in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Christ wanted His disciples to understand that it was not yet time for Him to establish the peaceful Kingdom. Instead, He warned that Christians would face hostility for living God's way of life.

It's not that Christ instigated animosity, but rather that unconverted people resented God's truth by nature. The apostle Paul expressed this in Romans 8:7: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be." When all people repent and are converted, God's way of life will bring peace to the entire earth (Isaiah 2:2-4; 9:7). But, until that time, Christians will encounter conflict and opposition over their beliefs and practices.

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What Jesus means is d continuation or explanation of what God did at tower of babel Gen 11/7,God confused d language of d whole earth that every one may go back to seek his neighbour to continue the work of reaching onto Him the only work He has given to mankind Jn 15/16,God intentionally set man against his neighbour Zec 8/10c,that u may seek in truth Zec 8/16. Jesus did not come to alter that but fulfil it, Mat 5/17.Nobody comes to any one except by God Jn 6/65.

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34"Think not that I am com to send peace on earth: I am come not to send peace but a sword. 35 For I am come to send a man at variance against father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daugther in law against her mother in law".

The above words of christ is not indicating the sword to fight your enemies as some religions would interprete it. In verse 35, he goes further to mention son and father to be at loggerheads, daugther and mother etc. The simple meaning is that once anyone trully gives his life to Christ and experience the peace of God that accomplishes salvation, such fellow would not like to associate with the worldly behaviours that is against his new found faith.

A son that used to buy cigarette or alcohol for his father will suddenly refuse to do same. Call it radicallism, but that is the good fight of faith. He will be against every thing that unholly, and would not dance to the unholly lives of his brethren. In the process, there wont be peace between the father and the son. THAT IS THE SWORD!

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(A prophetic statement)

Yes for the Kingdoms sake, shall many be offended. Also the Sword is representation of future (to send) a sword,

His name is Jesus

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Mt 10:34

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword

We should bring our minds back to the words that were spoken over jesus at his dedication in the temple by simeon and hannah.

Lu 2:34

And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

Jesus was making reference to this fact. because the gospel will be spoken against by many. Even till now.Many will fight the truth. Even on Nairaland!

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@Matoyeh: If we only by our mind and not the action of any speaker see the peace in a hostile statement, even Adolph Hitler would be considered a Dove.

But thats not the case in reality. Jesus didnt just say he was to bring a sword, as a metaphoric expression. He acted upon it and instructed his followers of 12, from whom have "Bags" already, that those who do not have "bags" should sell their possessions and buy Physical swords.

They bought swords, didnt they? Somebody used it to chop off a military man's ear.

Thank God that He allowed Jesus the servant He sent to perform another miracle (i am accepting what the Bible say that is plausible), if the swords were put into further use, not only Jesus would have been strung on the pole. All of his companions would have died real death. To say that Jesus didnt mean exactly what he said about "SWORD", though some swords were purchased by his commands, the situation did not stop there.

Jesus was aware of the purchases and when one was used in order to protect him, he was not surprised, but cautioned about the dire consequences of a blood bath if further attempt was mounted by his group.

Finally, Paul's statements can be applied to advance any religion on the surface of the earth, including atheism. Lets look at an utopia world under Hinduism for example. All of us will be hindu and no one will fight the other because of religion. What if we are all Buhddists? the same condition will appy.

What if we are all jews, or if we are all confusionist, or Shinto, or whatever, including atheist, i say it agan? the result will be the same: no rigt based on religion. Thank God, there is no utopia. So Paul can wiggle his way out of a horrible statement which did not fit the image of Jesus he Paul wished to paint in his Moral. Jesus knew who Jesus was more than who Paul thought Jesus was. I will take jesus image of himself and throw away what Paul said wrong.

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