Posted by Noa on February 1, 2000, at 5:04:25
In reply to Re: effects of religious intolerance, posted by b.b. on February 1, 2000, at 0:18:45
Christ's doctrine differs enormously with that of the Old Testament. That is one of the reasons why he was persecuted. Christ preaches a doctrine of humility and pacifism one that was a stark contrast to the powerful Isreal of the Old Testament.
To the extent that Jesus was a pacifist, I think it would be more realistic to say that his teachings were in reaction to Roman aggression, not that of the ancient Israelites. From our temporal perspective, it might seem like the territorial battles of the Old Testament, and Jesus's life, are chronological neighbors. But it would be analogous to Abby Hoffman (for Christians,please pardon the association--no slight intended--just using him to illustrate a point about the anachronism) starting a pacifist movement in reaction to the American Revolution.