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“And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” Does Luke 22:36 support Christians owning guns for self-defence?

Does Luke 22:36 support Christians owning guns for self-defence? The verse in question has a long history, of being cited, not just to support Christians using force (then literally swords) for self-defence, but also to support Christians serving in armies, and even to support the use of military violence by nominally Christian states. Luke 22:36, where […]

Which parts of the Bible talk about Peter’s death?

Peter’s death occurred around 66 AD. It is not recorded in the book of Acts, whose narrative only continues into 50s of the first century. It is also not explicitly mentioned in any of the New Testament letters, which were probably all written before 66 AD. There are, however, two allusions to Peter’s death. One […]

Why was Simon’s name changed to Peter?

Simon’s name was changed to Peter (Mat. 16:18) because Jesus wanted to highlight the important role Peter would have in the early church. Peter means ‘rock’, so when Jesus said ‘on this rock I will build my church’ (Mat. 16:18) he was using a pun to refer to Peter’s role as one of the strong, […]

Who was Simon Peter’s father?

In John 1:42 we read He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). While in Matthew 16:17 Jesus said to him “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!”, meaning Simon son of Jonah. Later, in John 21, Jesus repeated […]