(Matthew 19:17 – 19)
And Jesus still continued his instruction of the believer.
“Lastly, do not murder your fellow Christians.”
And it became quiet for a while.
“But lord,” asked the disciple, breaking the silence, “are we then free to hurt the infidels?”
“Be kind to those who do not believe as we believe, especially during the months of fasting. But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in ambushes; but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them.105“
And the man cast his eyes to the ground in shame.
“Why do you look away, do you not trust in the word of your Lord?” Asked jesus.
“It is unnatural for me to murder a fellow human. I cannot act in this way.” Responded the man, and he felt unworthy.
And the Lord saw that there was much unrest in his heart, and he laid an arm on the disciple’s shoulder and reassured him thusly:
“Fighting is prescribed for you, and you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But God knoweth, and you know not.36 Therefore, stop your resistance and act as your lord commands.”
But the man was still in doubt, and now Jesus grew angry:
“It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by God and His Messenger to have any option about their decision.121 This is not a democracy. Just do as you are told by your betters!”
And the man felt strengthened by the words of Jesus: “I will mend my ways, and be ruthless against your enemies from now on. Surely God in heaven loves those who do battle in his honor.”
And he kneeled before his Saviour and received his blessing, and then took a sword from his home and went on his way to do the good work of the Lord, and Jesus was pleased.