â€œYou heard that it was said, â€˜Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.â€™ However, I say to you: Do not resist him that is wicked; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other also to him.â€ (Mt 5:38,Â 39) 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 for example either slapping him literally or 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.
[I'm a JW] Hope this helps xxx
at 2:28 PM on Jan. 18, 2010