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Why would Jesus Christ say He came to bring a sword, not peace?

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The Christian way of life brings peace to those who live it, so Jesus Christ's comments in Matthew 10:34 Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
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seem puzzling at first. He said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

In order to understand what He meant, we need to look at the context in which He said these words. The audience He addressed expected and anticipated the establishment of the Kingdom of God in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Christ wanted His disciples to understand that it was not yet time for Him to establish the peaceful Kingdom. Instead, He warned that Christians would face hostility for living God's way of life.

It's not that Christ instigated animosity, but rather that unconverted people resented God's truth by nature. The apostle Paul expressed this in Romans 8:7 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
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: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” When all people repent and are converted, God's way of life will bring peace to the entire earth (Isaiah 2:2-4 Isaiah 2:2-4 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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; 9:7). But, until that time, Christians will encounter conflict and opposition over their beliefs and practices.

For more insight, please read our booklet Who Is God?

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