Then why does He give authority to the state as is stated in Romans 13:1-6 and yet the state is not penalized when it shows mercy from time to time? The state as the obligation to do what is right and sometimes the right thing is to show mercy.Yes. He does. He wants us to be merciful in our individual dealings one with another. Between you and me - mercy. The state has other obligations. The state has the obligation of justice.
Perhaps he would have and then again maybe he wouldn't have.He still would have driven them from the temple though.
I didnít over look that. Again you attribute to me something that I didn't state or even imply. No wonder you and I have such a hard time agreeing on things. In this one post you have twice misrepresented my views when you restated them to me. What I related what I understand of the behind the scenes history confirms exactly what you just wrote above and you say that I overlooked it. Please go back and review my posts and you will confirm that I didn't overlook what got Jesus fired up and that I never stated I was for one strike and then full penalties.NO what Christ did was not a violation of the Mitzvot. He might have violated Talmudic interpretation of the law - but not the law itself. If he had - they would have had him up on charges. You are also overlooking a very basic concept here - the one that got Him all fired up in the first place - injustice. The money changers were using God and the obligations we owe to Him to make themselves rich.
Another thing I think that you have misunderstood is that I was not calling for mercy in all cases. I was stating that some cases are not cut and dry and should be judged on their own merits. When I entered this thread I was bemoaning the fact that Donte Stallworth got off light for the crime he committed. I wasn't inclined for the court to show him mercy after his particular act. I guess I shouldn't have commented on you statement of blanket punishment for all because that seems to be were all the misunderstandings started. I was not nor have I been saying that mercy should be shown to all by the court system but in some cases it might be appropriate. Most criminal cases that go to court are pretty cut and dry but for the cases that may have some type of mitigating circumstances I have no issues with a judge who wants to show mercy.
We are each entitled to our opinions and fortunately opinions are neither right nor wrong. They are just opinions. I value your input in all the discussions that you participate in and I respect you as a person. Sometime I agree with you, sometimes I don't but that is the nature of opinions and these forums are all about sharing opinions.
Maybe I'll start a thread and everyone can state their personal theology and it might save some confusion in the future and it would most certainly be an interesting (and probably heated) discussion. What you and I are tossing back and forth is one of those debatable matters that Paul references in Romans!