Saturday, October 13, 2001

Oh, just in case you think I am taking stuff out-of-context [the traditional game for priests], what else CAN this mean?

Matthew 5:38-48
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 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. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

It sems pretty clear to me. Don't lower yourself to their level. Continue to live well, to act kindly, and leave any retribution or punishment to 'God' [or karma, if you are one of those Hippies who grabbed a few Hindu concepts....] Feed the poor and the desperate and any power the tyrants have over them will wither away.... Indifference is a far more insulting response (turning the other cheek doesn't seem 'meek and mild' to me, it seems more like "Is that all you've got?")

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