Skip to comments.Arming Oneself versus Turning the Other Cheek
Posted on 07/19/2009 7:40:46 AM PDT by pnh102
A lot of anti-Christian types like to throw the whole "turn the other cheek" teaching at us to protest any Christian who believes that arming and defending oneself is a righteous act. Personally, I take the view that Jesus wanted us to arm and defend ourselves as he spoke in Luke 22:35-38. I guess my question is, how do we defend the principle of turning the other cheek when we are confronted with very real threats to our well-being?
Believe me, lately I’ve wrestled with the meaning of “If a Roman soldier compels you to go one mile with him, go two” ever since B.O. was inaugurated and started pulling these high-handed dictatorial stunts.
>Do not murder.
“But I say unto you, whoever is angry with his brother, without cause, has already committed murder in his heart.” - Jesus
>Believe me, lately Ive wrestled with the meaning of If a Roman soldier compels you to go one mile with him, go two ever since B.O. was inaugurated and started pulling these high-handed dictatorial stunts.
In the BHO mentality it’s equivalent of saying: “Because my journey might be broken up into single miles, and I may compel you to go a single mile, then I may compel you to go the entire journey.” which wouldn’t be lawful at all.
Notice that Jesus said “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also”, rather than “if someone tries to stab you, offer your breast and do not resist”. The real meaning is “let the small hurts pass”. It does not mean to turn yourself into defenseless prey for any predator.