But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
What does this mean? Not to fight evil? Does it mean one should ignore evil?
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It does not mean:
Look at the context in which the passage is found:
Jesus here rejects conventional wisdom to return evil with evil, and to hate one's enemies. Instead, he says we should be humble and love (will the good of) those who do evil to us.
Try the ASV: "resist not him that is evil." In the KJV, "evil" seems to mean "evil actions directed toward you" or "evil in others."
Hold on it does mean do not defend yourself!
Sir you have twisted the verse to take away it's true meaning
Matthew Chapter 5 (NKJV):
Christ told his followers to accept suffering and oppression and murder all in his name for the kingdom of God so that they would be have great treasure in heaven, and by doing this they would be God's children. The whole sermon on the mount testifies to that!
Did Christ defend himself? Did Paul defend himself? Did Peter defend himself? Nay, but they all followed their lord to the cs to the glory of God!
If you look at the pattern in Matthew 5:20-44, Jesus is not telling us not to resist evil. Quite the opposite. Jesus responds in one of two ways to the old laws. He uses a direct command to in effect disobey the old law as in "Swear not at all" 5:33-34, and "Love your enemies.." 5:43-44. But,as in the case of 5:38-39, he first adds a "that" which I read not as a command word but as a description of the condition of obeying the old law. "That ye resist not evil" then describes what it means to demand an eye for an eye. When you do that, you are not resisting evil. Jesus then gives examples of responses that do resist evil.