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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword?
-- Jeff, Wednesday 02-06-2013, 12:52 pm CST

As if the murder of decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle wasn't tragic enough for his family and loved ones, including the wife and two children that he left behind. Now they are being exposed to accusations from an allegedly-Christian politico by the name of Ron Paul, along with his allegedly-Christian sycophants, that former Chief Petty Officer Kyle deserved to be murdered. Based on "the Bible," of course.
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Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword"...

Okay, so if Kyle "lived by the sword," what about his commander in the field who gave him orders? And what about the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and the Commander in Chief, President Obama, under whose orders Kyle also served? And what about the Marines whose lives he saved, by taking out enemy fighters as they attempted to shoot mortars, launch rocket-propelled grenades and direct rifle fire into the American positions that he was protecting?

Do they all deserve to be murdered too, Mr. Paul? After all, they "live by the sword" just as much as Chief Kyle did.

Clearly this Ron Paul character, like so many in the political and religious realms, has had his conscience -- his sense of right and wrong -- seared with a hot iron.

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The Bible verses that those spouting this damnable slander misquote are found in Matthew and Revelation.

Matthew 26:47-52
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.

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.

Tradition, by the hands of every theologian you care to name, has worked overtime to transform Jesus' command - which applied to his disciples during the events of his arrest only - into some kind of nonsensical all-purpose proverb. (Nonsensical, in that history shows that it is more often those that live without swords who are the ones that die by the sword. Duh.)

Wrong. Unless, that is, you believe that the Lord was ignorant of King David, who was his direct ancestor. And who slew more in one skirmish than Chief Kyle killed during his entire service, not to mention David's battles. And you can find the record for yourself, David did not "die by the sword."

To understand the context of the events in Matthew, you have to understand why there were swords among Jesus' disciples when the armed cohort showed up, sent by the religious leaders, to arrest him. Luke shows that it was by Jesus' own command that his disciples had those swords, a command given on the occasion of the Last Supper mere hours beforehand.

Luke 22:35-38
And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.

And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Among Christ's disciples, there were at least two and perhaps more swords at Christ's own instructions. So when the armed mob arrived to arrest him, Jesus had to command Peter to sheath his sword and warn his other disciples that, in that situation, "they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." By interrupting the melee, Jesus no doubt saved all of his disciples' lives, and then Jesus healed the wounded man. (Talk about "taking charge spiritually," how do you like that?)

This, then, was not the occasion for which Christ had just commanded them to acquire swords.

Matthew 26:53-54
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

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The other verse used to prop up the illogical, unbiblical and ridiculous bromide, "live by the sword, die by the sword," likewise refers to a specific time period.
Revelation 13:10b
...he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
To see the time period during which this will be true, all you have to do is look at the context. But I'll give you a hint, it's not going to happen because of some non-existent "bad karma." It's going to happen because the Lord himself is going to return to earth and destroy them.

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