And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12
I have a question about this one verse in Matthew. In light of what this verse says, does this mean that we are to fight back? How does the kingdom of God not allow violence? This seems to directly contradict the verse that says, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." And then the verse, "If any man lives by the sword he will also perish by the sword."
I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this passage. Thank-you!