Matthew 26:52: "...for all who draw the sword will die by the sword"
Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for."
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of
Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the
high priest, cutting off his ear.
"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword
will die by the sword.
Matthew 26:50-52, NIV
Peter had taken Jesus' previous
statement about swords literally. Peter
was willing to die fighting, but was unwilling to face arrest without a fight. In
this situation the disciples fled. Later
Peter denied knowing Christ rather than
risk being discovered. We cannot take this passage to say that Christians should never
fight in a war for any reason. It does tell us something about religious battles. Jesus
made it clear that He did not come to bring peace,
but this struggle is not with might to force people to submit to God.
It is a battle to gain submission of the inner person to God.