It's not true that "there are no examples of Jesus using violence".
For an example note that he took a whip to a temple full of people and went on a rampage. But ebrown is right in that the overall thrust of his teachings were very non-violent and remarkably so for the times.
The example ebrown gave has one of the clearest indictments against violence when he said "all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword".
50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
That he then mentions the ability to invoke violence is telling, as a lot of the violence Christ referred to was "spiritual" violence.
This line of thinking was most clearly articulated by Paul:
"[b]we wrestle not against flesh and blood[/b], but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places"
But in overall context Christ was very non-violent and there are numerous instances of him being non-violent to a fault, he was the Suffering Servant from Isaiah 52-53
. Even when violence was used against him.
The example of the ear was when he was being taken away to be killed, and Peter was defending him.
Here's another example of a baffling calm when violence was used against him:
22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
Christ advocating violence is something I do not recall, it would have been dangerous for the times.
violence upon non-believers is something Christ did
do. It was usually part of a "distant big stick" approach and not anything immediate.
The "the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (verse 12) speech from Matthew 11
20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
If you note what the Biblical god did to Sodom you will know that Jesus is predicting some heavy-duty destruction and violence.
The new testament is pretty big on predicting it in the future, if not advocating it. Another distinction is that it will be from god, and not an exhortation for men.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
But the overall thrust is simply not violent, his prevailing theme was love and non violence. Despite the occasional fear tactics (big eventual stick) his prevailing theme was against fear as well.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Now the Bible itself has other places that are violent, but is you restrict it to Christ's words and the words of his followers the message is largely non-violent to a degree that should make Sofia ridicule them as soft pansies who wouldn't have reacted to 9-11. ;-)
Other references (some are very explicit and relevant about violence and non-believers):
, Romans 13:10
, Luke 10:3
, 2 Corinthians 5:11
, 1 Peter 2:19-24
, Romans 13:1-4