Converting to Christ

Justin martyrJustin  Martyr (100-165) contrasted his life before and after his conversion to Christ in terms of peace and violence: We who [once] delighted in war, in the slaughter of one another and in every other kind of iniquity have in every part of the world converted our weapons into instruments of peace: our swords into ploughshares, our spears into farmer’s tools [Isa 2:4], and now we cultivate piety, justice, brotherly charity, faith, and hope, which we derive from the Father through the crucified Savior. (Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew, 110)

Clement AlexandriaClement of Alexandria (about 150-215) said of the Christian life: If you enroll as one of God’s people, heaven is your country and God your lawgiver. And what are his laws? You shall not kill; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. To him that strikes you on the one cheek, turn to him the other also [Matt. 5:38]…The Church is am army that sheds no blood. (Protrepticus, 10-11)”

(Mark J. Allman, Who Would Jesus Kill?, pg. 79)