Originally posted by tadaman
reply to post by arpgme
Turn the other cheek was actually meant to mean "be smarter" than your adversary.
In Jewish law, it was illegal to strike someone with the back of your hand. By offering the other cheek after being stricken you were offering them to
break the law in the heat of the moment and get in trouble by striking you again with their knuckles.
It was all about defiance.
Jesus was a radical leader. He wasnt too concerned with the material world, no, his concern was the souls salvation. Similarly neither was the
supposed Enki too concerned with the material world. He too offered the salvation of eternal life after death through his son Mardok. Supposedly the
Egyptian rites of death and passage into the after life were taught by Mardok when he assumed control over the Egypt.
edit on 1-3-2013 by tadaman because: (no reason given)
I'm sorry the bible says God is love.
Love has no desire to be smarter than you. Love is the truth so to assume that love needed to gain wisdom is foolish. For the only true wisdom is
found in love. The only wisdom that is of concern to your spirit is love. If the wisdom you obtain does not benefit love than discard the wisdom as
rubbish. Only wisdom that has a benefit for love is worth obtaining.
Since love is the only objective, then "turn the other cheek", must literally mean "turn the other cheek".
Stop taking Jesus words and saying they mean something else. Just believe in EXACTLY what he said, and do EXACTLY what he said. If you can't turn
the other cheek, you don't know love. Because love ALWAYS turns the other cheek to any and all opposition.
What happens today, tomorrow and everyday is God's will. Trust him you are his child and he loves you. He wouldn't have created you to love if he
didn't love you himself. Do you think demon's were created to love? We are his children because we were the ones created to be like him. He is
love, if we want to be like him we need to evolve to become love.
If you trust God and follow love than you know that everything in your way is an obstacle that you were designed to overcome. You were not designed
to be a failure; you were designed to be like him. All sin, all obstacles can be overcome because God made us to become "like him".
How can you be "like him" if you keep taking away from his words by not believing exactly what they say?
Did Jesus ever not turn the other cheek? He allowed himself to be crucified. Maybe when he was throwing over the money tables in the church. So the
only time "Jesus did not "turn the other cheek" was out of love for his father. Because thieves were working in the temple. They were sinning.
He was angry with their sin and refused to turn the other cheek to the sin they had justified.
When you have justified your sin that is when you know you can never escape it. When we see someone has justified their sin, out of love, we are
instructed not to turn the other cheek. But even in this circumstance if in the attempt to help our brother out of sin he refuses; The logic refutes
back to step one, "turn the other cheek". Jesus tells his disciples dust off your feet and walk away.
Jesus message to "turn the other cheek", means to "turn the other cheek" to your own sin at all times. If your brother strikes you and you strike
him back you have failed to love him you have sinned. If our brother is in sin then we should rebuke him. If our rebuke fails we are to "turn the
other cheek", because God will be his judge not us.
I promise "turn the other cheek", while it may have other meanings, quite literally should be taken to mean "turn the other cheek". It is the
foundation for the pursuit of love. Without it you cannot find love.