Is "repentance" a military term?

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 5 2019 2:34 PM

Matt Hamrick:

It's not a term in the military we use but some soldiers now preaching illustrate it as the about face which is a military term. It's only natural civilian pastor's catch on using the same illustrations. 

Bingo! Maybe that‘s what the preacher did, a comparison with the military term, and it just sounded as if he had said, “Repentance comes from a military term blah, blah, blah...” I think maybe that’s what happened, but then again many preachers just give out information without doing their research properly and double checking it.


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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 9 2019 9:49 AM

Hi Ronald:

A different angle for consideration:

Concepts in a contextual situation can be used to illustrate something important in another.

Note the following:

"During the pre- and early Christian period of Koine Greek (ca. 300 BC-100 AD) metanoiacontinued to carry the sense of a change of mind about someone or something. For example, Polybius (ca. 208-126 B.C.) used metanoia to refer to the Dardani, a people who had decided to attack Macedonia while Philip was away with his army. However, Philip caught wind of it and returned quickly. Even though the Dardani were close to Macedonia, when they heard that Philip was coming, they changed their minds. They broke off the attack before it even began.64"

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So from the above quote I can see a rough parallel: The Dardani changed their minds and did an about face, after understanding that an unwanted event (confrontation) was probable due to the coming of Philip.

So the parallel in Spiritual dimension would be: we must change and do a 180 (metanoia), from our erring ways of living (as compared to God's moral  order) to avoid a future unwanted event (judgment and casting of self to the lake of fire).

Now, the use of metanoia outside the Canon of the NT, and in a military type context, does not make the term military. But the term in that particular context helps express a concept that illustrates the situation we face in spiritual context.

Just a different view.

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