|Religion of Violence?|
Christianity claims to be a religion of peace, yet the facts prove otherwise: |
The word sword appears 448 times in 404 verses of the Bible. In one verse, the following words are attributed to Jesus peace be upon him: ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.’ (Matthew 10:34)
Another verse attributed to Jesus peace be upon him: '... and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.' (Luke 22:36)
The Crusaders, the Christian warriors for the Church, showed ample proof of having taken this to heart. The Crusades were wars blessed by the Church and Pope, yet this is what they managed to do:
First Crusade: In 1099 the crusaders entered Jerusalem and massacred the Jewish and Muslim civilians and pillaged mosques and the city itself. It also unleashed violence against Jews in France and Germany.
Second Crusade: The Crusaders slaughtered the Jewish population of the Rhineland.
Third Crusade: King Richard of England murdered 3,000 Muslims including women and children after capturing Acre.
Fourth Crusade: The Crusaders sacked the Christian city of Constantinople in 1204 for three days, during which many Roman and Greek works were destroyed. The magnificent Library of Constantinople was destroyed and the Crusaders ruthlessly destroyed the city's churches and monasteries.
This is the tip of the Bible legacy of the sword which continued through colonialism and up to today.
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