Who started the religion of peace?

Here are some of the most peaceful sayings of the two of the most influential men in history.

Turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38)Do not aggress [Surah 2:190]
Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you.
(Matthew 5:44)
You can fight those that start it.
[Surah 2:193]

Which is more peaceful? The teacher that says, ‘No matter what, you better love everyone, especially those that hurt you.’ Or is it the teacher that says ‘Love everyone, unless they hit you, then it is God’s will for you to retaliate.’

There are many other troubling verses in the Quran that promote violence.

[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”

Surah 8:12

Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.

Surah 9:29

This verse especially troubled me.

But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

Surah 4:34

Christianity, however, offers a completely different tone.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

Which one is the “Religion of Peace”?

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