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Old 01-20-2009, 07:45 PM
Status: "Nobody's right if everybody's wrong" (set 24 days ago)
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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It seems that most people have interpreted this passage as being rooted solely in pacifism...

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. - Jesus in the sermon on the mount

I think it may be as much for a Christian's personal safety. I've been watching the crime show "The First 48" and I'd say 70% of the homicides on it occur when someone struggles with a robber who has a gun. If the victims had "given them both their tunic and cloak" they would likely still be alive.

Does anyone else see this passage that way?
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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I have heard that as well.

I wouldn't say pacifist since Jesus himself was not furthermore Christians are permitted to defend themselves and their families however we are strictly forbidden to retaliate or seek vengeance, that is God's role. Everyman will have their day of judgment. Paul use to argue that any kind of worldly retribution mitigates the punishment of God. The more you turn the bigger the hole for the attacker. I take comfort in knowing that no matter how heinous the crime even though that person elluded justice on this earth, utilmately they will have to face God.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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Jesus spoke these words about self defense...

Luke 11:21-22 - When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace, but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Mark 3:27 - No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

Matthew 12:29 - Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
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