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"The silence in the desert"
Cf. our excerpts from the Christian mystic Jakob Böhme too (only in German).
Cf. Teresa of Ávila "Interior Castle".
Addition in "S., s., s., empathy and love"
At the end of the footnotes of "Inspiration"
The Catholic Saint Teresa of Ávila wrote in "Interior Castle", that "half learned" priests, who don't understand true gifts of God's mercy, cannot help to find out the difference between true and false ones.
Renewed chapter "Jesus and peace"
Scriptures such as Luke 2:35"... a sword shall pierce through thy own soul"show that the "sword" of Jesus is particularly meant as the "sword of the spirit", with which the internal fight for the truth is fought out. Thus,Matthew 10:34,"I came not to send peace, but a sword",also gains a mental-spiritual meaning. In this spiritual "fight"as well, hate is not meant, but rather the quality of the truth of ultimately being stronger than the lie or wickedness.
Jesus’ attitude is a peaceful one (see also our chapter "Ethics" and thechapter on the sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:39 "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" is a drastically expressed call to break free from the eternal cycle of violence and counterviolence. A person is to "pre-programme" a peaceful future by means of his actions, etc.
However, this does not mean that Christians are prohibited from protecting or defending themselves. For example, the fact that Simon the Zealot - "zealot" meaning a resistance fighter against the Roman colonial power - was one of the disciples and also that Peter carried a sword to the last indicates that at least some of the disciples were armed. On the long peregrinations through the land, they, like others, protected themselves from the lurking, armed robbers, etc.
John 18:11 "Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" shows that the scripture in Matthew 26:52, which concerns the same incident, is describing a special situation: "Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."As Jesus, when the time had come for it, wanted to comply with something predetermined by God - and thus did not want to be defended - Peter’s act was more of an attack on a man-at-arms of the priests - Peter himself was not threatened -; above all, an undesired and ultimately futile attack.
Such considerations show that Jesus advises against
violent attacks as well as acts of revenge. Therefore, an attitude that
construes everything as defence that in reality is an attack is not to be
justified. A ploy of third persons to drive others into violent conflicts with
each other would be just as unjustifiable.
What is not meant, however, is that Christians should submit themselves defencelessly to all violent arbitrariness of others. This protection can be primarily God and prayer and, where necessary, by means of other measures.