I, as an american, believe that our constitution was divenly inspired. I believe that the Bill of Rights are unalienable rights given to us by our creator. My understanding of the hebrew translation of the sixth commamdment was thou shall not murder, verses kill. My understanding at the time of my savior Jesus Christ that if you where to travel between towns by yourself you ran the chance of being preyed upon by bandits. So the Disciples and others carried swords to defend themselves only at one time did Jesus call out the Twelve to take nothing for their journey. I believe this was done to show that god will protect and provide for them on this quest. At the time of Jesus arrest on the mount of olives Simon Peter drew a sword and lopped off the ear of the high priests servant. This action was not the will of the holy spirit, as Jesus role was to be led like a lamb to slaughter. So my take on it is that the Disciples carried arms to defend themselves againist other who would harm them physically and that they practiced it enough to have a skill set to be able to swing a sword and cut off a persons ear, as a show of force. I can say this because an unskilled swordmans would have completed the arc of the swinging sword to hit something vital in ones neck. Jesus then healed the preists ear. I am asking for your guidance of following Gods law. From my scriptual research am i wrong? I conceal carry everyday, tho i dont habor any intent of ever using this right unless my life, or my families is under obvious and undeniable threat. I am just aware of the predators that lurk in this world who will forcefully act upon me. I enjoy the podcast immensly i love how you incorparate god into it. Which is exactly what i need to do and hear everyday thanks
Hi Rex Not sure if I should post here or email.. My husband recently started listening to your podcast and had it on in the car and I caught an episode when you were discussing how pagan beliefs were incorporated into Christianity...this is always portrayed as some kind of negative when in reality the whole of Christianity is based on the conglomeration of previous religions, literature, and ideas. For instance the creation of man story, the snake & the apple, Noah's flood, these were all original stories in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" one of the earliest known literary works. The flood story is point by point identical. Jesus coming back from the dead is also a reoccurring theme in religions of the time. You seem very knowledgeable and open to discussion, have you read the book "The God Delusion" by Dawkins? It was eye-opening, still searching for the person who can answer the questions that book poses. So, I am wondering why you are a Christian and not a Buddhist or Agnostic? How do you justify many of the immoral teachings of the bible? I found your podcasts entertaining, especially the societal collapse one and discussing eating hamsters (LOL), good stuff. Keep up the good work!