based on Jesus’ teachings, violence is never a way to deal with a problem. turning the other cheek, loving your enemies
how were the crusades, burning of heretics and other holy wars justified to being ok then?
i understand crusades, for the most part, were defensive battles but not all of them.
and destroying all the cathars?
i know, a lot of people say christianity wouldn’t have survived if it hadn’t been done but do we really have such little faith in God?
Jesus promised to protect his church, i hardly see him letting it get wiped out by muslims or cathars
and the early christians didn’t fight back against their roman persecutors, and the roman empire eventually disintegrated, why were the middle ages any different?
so either i’m missing something or the church has changed its mmind about this. the early christians didn’t think such actions were necessary.
please help. it’s things like this that shake my faith in the church.