Turning the other cheek

@clrumfelt (5426)
United States
April 30, 2008 10:36am CST
Matthew 5:39 says if someone hits us on our right cheek we should turn to him the other cheek also. I know a man who says he agrees with that, but if the person hits the other cheek the Bible doesn't say what to do next( insinuating, I think that he would be inclined to hit the other person if they hit his second cheek). What do you think of his attitude? What would you do if someone hit your second cheek?
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@yogeshdhusa (2237)
• India
30 Apr 08
I think the statment has a meaning that even though anyone hurt you you should forgive him and dont have to react, The person will eventully understand that what he is doing is wrong. Now the real situation if some one hits me on my second cheek i will give the other cheek again. because i have done this and at the end i won the battle. So its easy to win. enjoy :)
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Blessed are the peacemakers. I like your answer.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Actually the Hebrew meaning of this, is not to turn the other cheek so they can hit that one, but to not go over board in your response..Back then they over did punishment to the offender and what Jesus was saying is take your time and response appropriately..
@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
30 Apr 08
..not to be hasty in your response. Not to respond to the other person in anger, but also to defend yourself if necessary. Thanks for your response.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
6 May 08
HahaThis one is easy. If someone hits me on the right cheek especially using this verse as a license to do so. Sorry I ain't no religious nut - I'll hit him back most definitely & tell him that the bible also says that whatsoever a man sows, he will reap, hahahaThere's this 2 verses that explains this in Proverbs 26:4-5 (NASB): Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him; Answer a fool as his folly deserves, that he not be wise in his own eyes.
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
6 May 08
I understand your logic on this. The Lord didn't intend us to be doormats or cast our pearls before swine. And you have good scriptures to back up your conviction. Have a blessed day.
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
7 May 08
Haha~!I wouldn't say I would get into an argument or fist fight though. But just to get the point acrossYou too have a blessed day!~
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
1 May 08
Jesus' gospel was one of love and non-violence. It is a very difficult message to follow. The answer is never to fight violence with violence. What I would do, however, is a different story. I don't know if I have enough of God's love in me to allow someone to keep hitting me. Jesus was able to allow himself to be crucified. Mahathma Gandhi and Martin Luther King did a good job of following the non-violent life through to the end and their lives changed a lot of others' lives and attitudes.
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
1 May 08
I agree with you. The people who have been strong enough to achieve non-violence as their reaction to violence are some of the world's great heroes. but personally choosing to live that way is a hard thing.
• United States
1 May 08
This is my understanding. If someone hits you one the right cheek...they have most likely backhanded you. This is how someone would strike a subordinate- a slave or a woman. (No offense meant...I am actually a woman, it is simply a fact of those times). So, to turn the other cheek is to calmly but assertively stand up against their attack and force them to A) attack again but on equal ground and as an equal not a dominant or B) to back off.
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
1 May 08
Thanks for your reply. You have an interesting perspective on that scripture.
• United States
30 Apr 08
Force should always be met with force. Now, I'm talking almost immediate response, not years after the fact or something historical. I'm really tired of groups of all kinds saying such and such violence is justified because of something that happened over 100 years ago. So, I agree with your friend. If they hit the other check too, teach them a lesson, if did not do so earlier.
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Fighting over what happens 100's of years ago could be viewed as feuding, as in the Hatfields and McCoys, perhaps not even remembering what the original tiff was, but just having learned to hate each other over the years. Immediate violence to one's person, however, is a different matter.
30 Apr 08
You're taking it too literally. The idea is that when someone hurts you to "turn the other cheek", so if someone hit the other cheek, you're being told that your response should still be the same.
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@clrumfelt (5426)
• United States
30 Apr 08
So it means to turn the other cheek, then the other cheek, then the other cheek, and on. I know the Bible also says to pray for those who despitefully use and persecute you. And of course Jesus didn't hit back when on his way to the cross.