> Does anyone really believe that Jesus was a
> pacifist? The guy was executed for insurrection
> against the Roman Empire for heavens sake.
This leads to some fascinating thoughts if you know their respective historical contexts.
Most of the rants against "Infidels" in the Koran are actually directed at the people of Mecca whom Mohammad got into a dispute with about the Kaaba (literally "the cube"), a small solid stone structure that is now the holiest shrine of Islam. It's sort of analogous to the Ark of the Covenant in Judaism. (Which was supposed to have been housed in the Temple in Jerusalem, but might have never been there...) Mohammad resented and attacked the religious practices in the city at that time, and was forced to flee because they were going to kill him. He then mustered an army in this other city (Medina) and spent decades fighting to conquer Mecca. Eventually he won, but much of the Koran is a record of his condemnations of this other religious faction right there in Arabia. The nearest major military power was Persia, and they weren't interested in the interior of the Arabian Peninsula.
Clearly, the establishment in Jerusalem who controlled the Temple and had made a deal with the Roman Empire was not approved of by Jesus/Yeshua. (cf. Matthew 21:12–17, Mark 11:15–19, and Luke 19:45–48) But Roman military might was overwhelming, and they were determined to hold Palestine and the entire Levant. If resistance had been more feasible, would there have been a long fight between two factions of Judaism, one of them lead by Jesus/Yeshua?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14-Jul-19 18:29 by Nolondil.