Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #25 Kill Unbelievers?

Welcome back as we continue to answer “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer“.

The author of this piece has a number of questions which seemed motivated less to learn about Christianity and more to squash it. In these attempts, the author occasionally becomes aggressive, sarcastic or demeaning to the Christian audience.  The questions will be answered in the best possible manner without returning this attitude.

Why don’t Christians kill nonbelievers?


25 – In the book of Luke chapter 19 verse 27, Jesus says, “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” This seems pretty clear that Jesus would have Christians kill all non-believers.  

The cited passage is part of a parable – a metaphoric tale intended to convey some moral or spiritual lesson. In the context of this parable, it is talking about a final judgment of the world when Christ returns at the end of time. A parable is not to be taken literally. Here are few biblical accounts which are not parablistic in nature and were actually meant to be taken literally:
“And [Jesus] sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them.” (Luke 9:52-55)
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:8-9)
““But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
“ But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:35-36)

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