What about the murdering of non-believers in Luke 19:27. Was this Literal or UNLiteral ? Whichever it is, pastors and preachers don't quote this verse either privately or publicly. Most people [perhaps] must have joined the Church out of strong fear of this verse.
UK Apologetics Reply:
Okay, now let's get this straight: nobody has "joined" the church because of fear over this or any other Bible verse. I have been involved in Christian ministry, as a preacher, theologian and Christian Apologetics writer for many years and nobody has even mentioned this verse to me. Actually within proper biblical theology you can't even "join" the church. One is called into becoming Church; Church being the body of Christian believers. Now let us look at this Scripture to get this matter straight:
But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them - bring them here and kill them in front of me. (Luke 19:27).
Sandwiched between a parable and Christ's journey to Jerusalem, this is actually a prophecy. It foretells what would happen to the Jewish religious leaders (and to their religious brand) who rejected Jesus; this would happen within that first century, indeed, within a generation. Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 and the old covenant came to an end, yes, a full end - game, set and match! The fact that Judaism still exists today means nothing. Modern Judaism is a mere facia, or deceptive outward appearance; the old covenant cannot exist without an existing temple (as even a modern-day rabbi admitted to me). The Jewish religious leaders who rejected Jesus were without excuse because they had the full background, including full access to the Old Testament prophecies - not least Daniel's '70 weeks' prophecy which pinpointed the time that Jesus would arrive on the scene! - so they are left with no excuses.
So let's get one thing straight: this was not about the "murdering" of non-believers, it referred to the Jewish religiosity which rejected Jesus for fear of upsetting the Romans. These people had a fairly comfortable time under the Romans as long as they held their people in good order.
However this brief prophecy can be expanded to - ultimately - include all who would reject the kingship of Jesus Christ!
By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. (Isaiah 45:23).
It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'" (Romans 14:11, NIV throughout).
Like it or not - and most people today do not like it - the day will finally dawn on which only those who submit to Jesus will continue to exist! Even today's boastful, arrogant, swaggering professional atheists will quickly fall to their knees on that day and beg forgiveness!
Robin A. Brace. July 12th, 2012.