Someone needs to oil up the ZOT machine for when Jim wakes up. Think it’ll get a further workout this morning.
Methinks thou protest too much. You have an agenda. It's clear.
“...Love the sinner, hate the sin-I believe that’s in the Bible..”
No, it is not; you are quoting Gandhi.
All right, when Jesus said those things, Christianity was a fringe movement. He had to say those things or either the Romans would have even more justification to attack them.
It makes sense to tolerate the soldiers when there is always a chance of being attacked. However, I do understand that he felt anyone whose faith brought them closer to god would make them worthy followers.
Here is something I wrote some time ago about the soldiers:
Regarding the profession of soldiers, Jesus took a position that seemed contradictory but actually made sense. He had a non-confrontational stance towards soldiers and showed acceptance towards the profession, contrary to his teachings that attacking or retaliating to an attack was unacceptable (Slattery, 2007). Jesus seemed willing to accept the profession of the soldier and its main purpose: Attain or maintain a desired status even through the use of organized lethal force (Slattery 2007). The soldiers were just one of several social outcasts that Jesus is willing to accept into the kingdom of heaven (Slattery, 2007). In another example of how Jesus and his teachings reach even the soldiers of a pagan empire, a centurion stands at the foot of the Cross of Jesus after the crucifixion and realizes that Jesus is truly the son of God (Slattery 2007). The main point is that even people who would not be considered followers of Christ could be reached by the word of god. This position on the unluckiest of society shows how Jesus is flexible with people involved in a legal life of violence. He accepts those whose faith brings them closer to God, no matter their daily relationship with violence.
No, this phrase is not in the bible and it is most often used these days as a phony attempt to justify sinful actions on a range of issues, including active homosexuality.
Christ never said it, nor is it in scripture.
Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil" (Rom. 12:9) introducing the concept of hypocritical love. What is hypocritical love? "Should you
love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you" (2 Chr. 19:2). Warning the wicked of the coming judgment is harsh, but is a necessary component of acceptable love. A love that is not hypocritical rebukes and condemns, and then points the way to God.