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can someone explain the concept of turn the other cheek to me?

Is this an actual teaching in the bible?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:32 AM on Jan. 17, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Jesus was not teaching pacifism or denying the right of self-defense from bodily harm. He was teaching that a Christian does not need to pay back blow for blow, retaliating, taking vengeance. What Jesus was saying was that if anyone tried to provoke a Christian into a fight or argument by either slapping him with an open hand or stinging him with insulting words, it would be wrong to retaliate. This is in harmony with the statements of the apostles, giving further emphasis to this principle. Romans 12:17-21; 1Peter 3:9.

    Hope this helps. xxx

    Answer by JWMum at 11:01 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • He was teaching that a Christian does not need to pay back blow for blow, retaliating, taking vengeance

    this is one that is very hard for many Christians, but needs to be practiced more often.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • It means not to take revenge. And if you read the words of Jesus, he does teach nonviolence.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • It means we are not to take vengence for ourselves. If your children are fighting over a toy or something, and say the younger one pushes the older one-- would you rather your older one sock the young one in the face (take vengence) or turn the other cheek (allow the young one to push him without pushing back) and come tell you and let you take "vengence"?

    To turn the other cheek means you don't take the law into your own hands and take vengence, rather you do the right thing, follow the law, call the police if you need to and not stoop to the low standards of the person who offended you.

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:28 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • It is teaching grace and mercy and to walk in His love.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:39 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • Matthew 5:38-40 (New American Standard Bible)

    38"(A)You have heard that it was said, '(B)AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.'

    39"But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but (C)whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

    40"If anyone wants to sue you and take your [a]shirt, let him have your [b]coat also.

    This is in context with a lot of other things Jesus had to say on OT teachings, one of which was "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth", basically do unto others what they have done to you. What he says signals a shift from a payment based system for any transgressions to one that places mercy and forgiveness first. CONT....

    Answer by preacherskid at 11:47 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • As you read on, He clarifies this whole loving people who do wrong to you a little: "Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

    42"(BC)Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

    43"(BD)You have heard that it was said, '(BE)YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR (BF)and hate your enemy.'

    44"But I say to you, (BG)love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

    45so that you may be (BH)sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

    46"For (BI)if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

    47"If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

    48"Therefore (BJ)you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Answer by preacherskid at 11:48 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • Jesus wanted His followers to love people who were bent on seeing them fail. It wasn't really about non-violence or pacifism, but about loving someone despite every instinct that says you should hate them for what they have done to you, because your Lord said you should. In historical context, Jesus was addressing the Jews' desire to have nothing to do with anyone who wasn't Jewish, and their habit of only loving neighbors and family, not the outcasts and strangers. Jesus was telling them to associate with not only Jews, but Gentiles, Romans, and anyone else they met in their travels, so that His message would be spread farther than just to the Jewish community.

    Answer by preacherskid at 11:54 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

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