Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Today in History....

The 24th August 1572.

St Bartholomew's day massacre, in France, estimates vary between 5000 and 30000 Huguneots slaughtered by Catholics in Paris and elsewhere.


Dan Rodger said...

Do you think they were doing this because of Jesus' words or in spite of them..say Mark 12:31 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." or Matthew 5:34 'But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you'?

You could have a look at the the Reign of Terror next time perhaps [5 September 1793, to 28 July 1794]?

Ps I only had comment moderation as I disliked getting spam messages about porn or similar topics coming up.

Stew said...

Perhaps they were inspired by other words of Jesus: Matthew 10:34-36
"“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

Dan Rodger said...

I often wonder if I read the God Delusion how Atheists read the Bible what I could 'prove'.

Come on Stew..please. This is describing what will happen for those who choose to follow Jesus. Just like Jesus' disciples who suffered and died for him and just like how millions of Christians around the world still suffer today for being Christians. When I became a Christian many people in my own family were angry and many friends left me, this is the sort of situation he is describing, no 'normal' person would read this as anything like a prescriptive statement to hurt other people for Jesus!

What is the sword he is talking about, if Jesus is talking about peace, what is the opposite of peace..strife..disorder..suffering etc that's what he is getting at by a sword. Jesus brings peace to the individual who embraces him, peace between man and God. However such a decision may cause social and relational strife as a result.

'for all those who live by the sword [physical sword in the contest] will perish by the sword'.

'Verses 35-36 paraphrase Micah 7:6, already alluded to in v21 but what was in Micah a general prediction of social disruption, and in v21 was applied to religions persecution, is now presented as the direct [and intended] result of Jesus' own mission. The verb translated set against is literally 'separate'. Jesus does not come to poison family relationships, but rather he brings division, regrettable but inevitable, between those who respond to his mission and those who reject it.'

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Stew said...

It was careless on my part to quote Matthew because whoever wrote that gospel is guilty of shoehorning in any old OT passages to make it look like fulfilled prophesy. Basically he just made stuff up.

I'll grant you that in the the case of the St Bartholomew masacre, and all the other instances of Christians slaughtering each other and others that they were not Proper Christians(TM) if you'll concede that an image of slaves in chains is a valid represenation of Biblical slavery as described in Leveticus 25:44-46

Stew said...

ep, I figured as much...