Underneath the seeming wrongheadedness, the Pacifist God and the Pacifist believer share a strange perspective on death:
I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside (- Apostle Peter) 2 Peter 1:13
(The Apostle Paul – )
“.. I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13
“If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; Philippians 1:22,23
“I know a man in Christ who …. was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.” 2 Corinthians 12:2,4
“… we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. …. (and) while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable… “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’” 1 Corinthians 15:50-54
If death is our great enemy, isn’t it worth investigating the claims of One who shied not away from His own death but has inspired many people in many times and places to wager their lives in believing Jesus to be alive again and the giver of immortality! -?
Who this website is for…
Firstly, this website is for those who have faith to, if not actually accept at least to entertain, the perspective that death is the gateway to the fulfilment of the human craving for life. And furthermore, that God is (or may be) calling us to live and die – in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit – counter-culturally and pacifistly.
This website is about trying to resolve the longstanding clash between theology as apprehended by the mind from Scripture versus ethical living according to conscience and heart. If I can mention Evangelical Moderates and “Red Letter Christians (RLCs)” as modern moderate examples from these two Christian camps – also called ‘conservative/fundamentalist’ & ‘liberal/progressive’. Both groups listen to Scripture and both try to be compassionate in their dealings with all. However, when theology and conscience, righteousness and tolerance, or truth and grace clash, the Evangelical Moderates prioritize theology over compassion while the RLCs do the reverse. Both schools seem resigned to accept, as a given, the tension between, on one hand, a Gospel of compassion and, on the other hand, the rest of the cannon of Scripture (which, in places, appears antithetical to compassion). This website is about trying to refocus both groups on pacifism and pacifist understandings of Scripture, by which the purported contradiction dissolves, as it is written:
Kindness and truth have met, righteousness and peace have kissed Ps 85:10 (Young’s Literal Translation)