It is commonly claimed today that the Bible is a book “full of violence” that supposedly incites its followers to individual or vigilante acts of hatred and violence. This claim is false. Those who follow the Bible alone as the basis of their faith (ie. truly Protestant Christians) are among the most peaceable people on earth.
Here is a quote from a Catholic author, who considered Protestantism to be a pernicious heresy,* illustrating this point. It is taken from a book about the Huguenot wars in France. Consider how the Protestant Huguenots behaved even in times of war:
“What does this mean, you rascals!” he shouted angrily as he entered. Then he stopped petrified with astonishment.
“It means this,” Philip said, levelling a pistol at him, “that if you move a step you are a dead man.”
“You must be mad,” the president gasped. “Do you know who I am?”
“Perfectly, sir. You are president of the infamous Parliament of Toulouse. I am a Huguenot officer, and you are my prisoner. You need not look so indignant; better men than you have been dragged from their homes to prison and death by your orders. Now it is your turn to be prisoner. I might, if I chose, set fire to this chateau and cut the throats of all in it, but we do not murder in the name of God, we leave that to you.”
~G.A. Henty, St. Bartholomew’s Eve, Robinson Books:2002, page 122.
*In the preface to the above-cited book, Henty refers to Protestantism thus: “The great organization of the Church of Rome laboured among all classes for the destruction of the growing heresy.”