If only Jesus would speak clearly to begin with, he would not have to go out of his way to try and assure us he is not changing the law and the prophets. Everyone would know. But this rabbi Jesus has always been full of contradiction and confusion—particularly in these reckless interviews he insists on granting.
Consider that on the one hand he says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). Then he says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:38–39).
Well, which is it? It can’t be both! Either Jesus is a reckless liberal pacifist or he believes Israel has a right to self-defense against the enslaving Romans. The Christolators have no credible answer for this one.