The Primitive Christian's Estimate of War and Self-defense

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Peace association of Friends in America, 1876 - Peace - 58 pages

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Page 6 - For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, And shall rebuke many people : And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruninghooks : Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.
Page 40 - Shall it be held lawful to make an occupation of the sword, when the Lord proclaims that he who uses the sword shall perish by the sword ? And shall the son of peace take part in the battle when it does not become him even to sue at law? And shall he apply the chain, and the prison, and the torture, and the punishment, who is not the avenger even of his own wrongs...
Page 18 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.
Page 25 - girds our loins about with truth, and puts on us the breastplate of righteousness, and shoes us with the preparation of the gospel of peace, not of war; who bids us take the shield of faith, wherewith we may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil, and the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which (he says) is the word of God.
Page 16 - He was led as a sheep to the slaughter ; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth : In his humiliation his judgement was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth.
Page 31 - If the literature of the stage delight you, we have literature in abundance of our own — plenty of verses, sentences, songs, proverbs; and these not fabulous, but true; not tricks of art, but plain realities. Would you have also fightings and wrestlings ? Well, of these there is no lacking, and they are not of slight account. Behold unchastity overcome by chastity, perfidy slain by ' faithfulness, cruelty stricken by compassion, impudence thrown into the shade by modesty: these are the contests...
Page 54 - They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven.* They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all.
Page 55 - To sum up all in one word — what the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world, The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the...
Page 7 - The tongue has sworn, but the mind is unsworn," ' might be imitated by us in this matter. But if the soldiers enrolled by you, and who have taken the military oath, prefer their allegiance to their own life, and parents, and country, and all kindred, though you can offer them nothing incorruptible, it were verily ridiculous if we, who earnestly long for incorruption, should not endure all things, in order to obtain what we desire from Him who is able to grant it.
Page 40 - To begin with the real ground of the military crown, I think we must first inquire whether warfare is proper at all for Christians. What sense is there in discussing the merely accidental, when that on which it rests is to be condemned ? Do we believe it lawful for a human oath to be superadded to one divine...

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