I see your answerMay 3 2012 at 4:31 PM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to Luke 19:27
as "fudging" ... or not really offering any kind of plausible logical response to the question posed.
If all of this is going to happen "in the end" ... it STILL doesn't explain how Jesus can be this harmless, benevolent, peaceful loving character whom people can emulate to become extremely good and beneficial people ... when, in the END ... he turns vicious anyway.
What the parable would indicate to followers is that ... when all is said and done ... you ELIMINATE your opposition (and not nicely either) ... by having them killed in plain view of the victor. Right?
And you couple that parable with what Jesus said in various other places ... you DON'T get the view that he was God (without need to resort to common human conflict resolution practices) ... but instead, very HUMAN like the rest of us.
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Luke 22:36 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.
He spoke to his human followers in THEIR lingo of understanding and I can't see how -if he liberally used the word "sword"- they would interpret his words to mean something quite benign instead ... can you?
And if he DID -- LITERALLY-- mean what he said ... could he still be a manifestation of God in your own perception of what God really represents?