Hot answers tagged

10

This verse is easy to misunderstand without an understanding of the culture that produced it. It helps to read it very literally: If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Why is that significant? Think back to the Old Testament, where it would explicitly point out anytime someone was left-handed, because that was thought to ...


4

Here is an article that goes into this topic far better than I could. The relevant summary is: Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points. First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in ...


2

The issue of 'double agent' is a furphy, but the question raises a significant issue in more practical instances. The Church Father Augustine was a proponent of 'unqualified absolutism'. Norman L. Geisler says, in Christian Ethics, page 82, Augustine said that one must never commit a great crime of one’s own in order to avoid someone else's greater crime. ...


1

Do not break the command to love your neighbor as yourself, and to love yourself and the other one needs to want and strive towards what is best for you and for you assailant. Christian ethics is difficult. Only Christians tend to interpret Jesus as not wanting pacifism. Sometimes these gray matters are strenuous to think on. But I really like ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible