Re: No Cross, No Crown
- Dear Stephen,
> Well what do you know...are we agreeing for once?It was nice to see you getting along nicely with Starman at this
> Quiting while ahead,
point. You know, when agreeing with Starman you are allowed to sign
off with a hearty "Warm Regards" or "Cordially"- just to let you know
what the protocol is here.
Now the line from Matthew 10:34 that you and Starman agreed upon
was "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to
send peace, but a sword."
It seems to fit with the verse that follows:
"For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the
daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her
mother in law.
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Not exactly happy families.
Contrary to this, Matthew later states:
"Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for
all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Moreso than any of the other Gospels, Matthew's is one of non-
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth
for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall
smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in
heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have
ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Matthew 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more
than others? do not even the publicans so?
So the line about the "Prince of Peace" bringing a sword seems out of
place in Matthew.
Uncharacteristically, Dr. Steiner agrees and tells us that this
scriptural verse has been completely misquoted; implying the reverse
of what was meant.
"I have not come to send peace away from this Earth but to send away
the sword" is Dr. Steiner's rendering of the verse. He then continues:
"Christ entered into the spiritual sphere of Earth-existence in order
gradually to rescue it from elements that bring about discord and
disharmony in mankind. Spiritual Science will establish peace when it
is truly Christian, in the sense of bringing about the unity of
religions. It can unite not only those in regions immediately around
us but can establish peace over the whole Earth, because it
understands the nature of the deed wrought by the greatest Bringer of
See: The Gospel of Matthew, Rudolf Steiner