No, but here is what I think (and, I am serious, correct me if I am wrong). I think you are creating an argument from silence, that because Jesus, A) Resisted Evil in some forms and, B) did not ever resist it in physical form (argument of silence) is trying to lay the ground work for a clear cut case of pacifism, yet while distancing oneself from actually committing to it by saying “Well, I didn’t say it, Jesus did…” Well, yes and no, you are framing it in such a way to speak for Jesus and while that is totally acceptable to do, in fact, we ought to provide reasons, I think it would be better if you could, yourself, come up with YOUR position on the matter. You do seem to create a lot of distance from what you actually believe and while that is very academic, it lacks any true sense of discussion. If this were merely an academic board that wants to explore possibilities - I’d love that! But that isn’t really what is going on here… We seem to have a bunch of commission and omission. Lest you think I am calling you out, be assured that I am not. I full well acknowledge my limitations, my misunderstanding of yours’ and others positions, not to mention my sometimes not well thought out arguments.
As I have said in other threads, it isn’t so much the idea of “what could it have meant” where I start to react, it is more on the “Well, it seems clear based on this and that”… And, to be honest, I am guilty of that too. So, I guess the finger I am pointing at others here has three more pointing back at me. We all have a bunch of life experience that tends to put us in the right. I also tend to forget that we are all here just throwing our own ideas around, nothing more - There is no harm in you believing in the pacifist way, if you so chose, so why should I be passionate against it? I really shouldn’t. I guess I find it interesting that a topic I don’t particular care about can grip me. I don’t know why, either. Maybe because part of me sees this: A pacifist hiding behind his freedom, because someone else fought for it. That might be why I react the way I do. If someone is a pacifist in a country that is in civil war, I’d have sooooooo much more respect for them. But someone sitting here in Merica, or Canadia! (Yes, purposely misspelled both!) telling people the moral high ground that pacifists have, seems really, really disingenuous not to mention when Paidion drops in these threads and says “Well you don’t believe what the Lord says?” only adds to that perceived hypocrisy and moral arrogance.