Some people say that religions are the cause of violence. “Jews, Christians and Muslims, all committed acts of violence and shed blood throughout history, they say. Christians carried out the crusades against Muslim countries. Both the Bible and the Qur’an contain texts about violence and killing. The matter is just about how to interpret these texts in the modern days.” Those people usually point out to some texts in the Bible, take them out of context, and misinterpret them. One of them is Luke 22: 36.
Those people also have gone far to say that there are fundamental Christians and fundamental Muslims alike. They even say that the violent fundamental Christians are those who say they are born again. Well, I am a fundamental Christian with the fundamental meaning of the term fundamental. Fundamental Christians are peaceful, loving, caring since they follow the fundamental teaching of the Bible. With Muslims, the matter is completely different, but I am not going to speak about Islam.
Yes, some nominal Christians did horrible things, but they did that because of a political reason and not for a religious duty. They cannot justify what they did by the teaching of the Bible. On the contrary, there is a huge number of Muslim terrorists and terrorism supporters and they are absolutely faithful followers of Islam and its teaching.
But, why does the Lord Jesus command His disciples to carry swords? Luke 22: 36, 38; He said to them; “He who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” So they said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." And He said to them, "It is enough."
In Isaiah 9: 6 & 7, The Lord Jesus is called ‘The Prince of Peace’ and of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He also commands us, in Matthew 5: 44, to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. So, how can He possibly command us to carry swords?! Another question mark, if he commands us to carry swords, why don’t His apostles or any Christian preacher after them carry swords?! In the same chapter, Luke 22, and in verse 50, when one of the disciples used a sword, the Lord Jesus objected. In the parallel story of Matthew 26, in verse 52 the Lord Jesus says to that disciple; “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” And so, it is clear that the Lord Jesus is against carrying and using a sword.
Some people suggest that the Lord commands His disciples to carry swords to protect themselves from wild beasts while travelling in the desert. This suggestion is illogical. The Lord Jesus promised them authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing should by any means hurt them (Luke 10: 19). Clearly, He would never command them to carry swords for protecting themselves from wild beasts. We never see, in the Bible, any of the Christ’s apostles carrying a sword for any purpose.
In verse 36, the Lord says to the 12 disciples; “He who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” That means each one of them, each individual, has to have at least one sword. In order that each one of the 12 disciples gets one sword, they need to get 12 swords. Verse 38; “So they said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." And He said to them, ‘It is enough.’” Does the term ‘It is enough’ mean two swords are enough for the twelve disciples? Of course not since they are 12 disciples and each one of them needs to have a sword. Another thing here, the Lord does not say; ‘They are enough’ or ‘These two swords are enough.’ He says; ‘It is enough’ which means ‘enough talking or discussing this matter’ because you don’t understand now what I am talking about.
The Lord is saying; ‘enough talking’ for I am telling you of a special kind of sword, and you don’t understand now. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, on the day of Pentecost, you will understand, for he will remind you of all what told you, and will help you to understand my teaching. He will help you to know that I am talking about His sword, the sword of the Holy Spirit which is the word of God. As part of the whole armour of God, Paul says; “take ... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6: 17. The Bible also says; “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4: 12.
The Lord wants every one of His disciples to armour himself with the word of God with which we can attack Satan.