How can the Christian citizens of a warring nation say that they are obeying the great commandments to love the enemy and to repay evil with good if they stab him with a bayonet, throw hand grenades at him in order to dismember him, drop tons of bombs on him out of airplanes, and mercilessly fire canons and machine guns into his ranks? And such people want to be called Christian and Catholic?
You Shall Not Kill (1944)
—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude
How can so many Catholics and Christians stand by ideally, indifferently and silently year after year as their bishops, priests and ministers teach that they are obeying the great commandments to love the enemy and to repay evil with good by stabbing him with a bayonet, throwing hand grenades at him in order to dismember him, dropping tons of bombs on him out of airplanes, and mercilessly firing canons and machine guns at him? Is following a clear teaching of Jesus of no account in the salvation process—personal and/or collective? Why does any teaching of Jesus have to be followed? Does any teaching of Jesus have any relationship to personal or universal eternal salvation? Does Jesus directly speak to that issue? Are these irrelevant issues personally and/or collectively? Just thoughts to superficially chatter about when one has nothing better to do? Or, are they at the very center of understanding why Jesus taught what He taught, lived as He lived, died as He died and was raised from the dead?
“Jesus taught that violence belongs to the Reign of Satan, and that men must expel violence if they wish to liberate themselves from the Reign of Satan…If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of him.”
New Testament Without Illusion
*A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.