Would You Turn The Other Cheek?

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
October 19, 2015 1:39pm CST
In the bible we are taught that when somebody does something to you, you must forgive them and turn the other cheek. Im guessing revenge is a sin but what if the circumstances forced you to avenge your loved ones? Would God frown apon that? I read an article about a man who molested another mans 13 year old daughter, but due to the fact that the molester was wealthy, he simply paid the father to turn the other cheek. Im sorry but you molest any of my children, and all hell will rain on you and id literally be imprisoned because thats something I would NEVER forgive or forget. Would you turn the other cheek?
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
19 Oct 15
It would be very difficult and I hope that I never have to face that, but revenge isn't the real sin. It's the lack of trust in God to take revenge, because He says "Vengeance is mine." That means that He will take care of it in ways that we can't. I can't remember exactly what happened, but an Amish girl was attacked and raped, I think. The criminal was brought to justice, but the Amish family forgave him, so it can be done, but as I said, I hope that I never am put to that test.
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@1creekgirl (12455)
• United States
19 Oct 15
Very well said. I pray I never have to find out if I could forgive.
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@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
19 Oct 15
I think this is one of the most difficult demands the Bible has. If Christians followed it, there would be no wars between Christian countries. Considering the many wars humankind has fought, you have the answer to the question how many people follow this demand.
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@JustEm (23)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
19 Oct 15
No I would never turn the other cheek if it was my child,
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
19 Oct 15
Neither would I, let go forgive him or her because I wont!
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@WorDazza (10089)
• Manchester, England
19 Oct 15
As an atheist I can take revenge with a clear conscience
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• Greece
19 Oct 15
That is a difficult one to answer unless one is put into a situation that cried out for revenge. I agree with the bible, we should turn the other cheek, but I would have to pray hard in order to do so.
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@Fleura (7294)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 15
It certainly would be very difficult, you would be out for blood! But like many of these teachings, they are ultimately for the benefit of the disciples because if possible it is definitely better for one's mental and physical health to forgive. In the end it makes no difference to the perpetrator whether you forgive them or not, but it is better for you to let go and move on than to be eaten away by the desire for revenge for the rest of your life.
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@OneOfMany (12401)
• United States
19 Oct 15
I've already got the blood of innocents on me from all the storms I've created over the years, I wouldn't be bothered dispatching someone that deserves it.
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@gudheart (12741)
20 Oct 15
I think it is sick that the father even accepted the cash from the evil person. Sickening :( I would never be able to forgive that.
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
20 Oct 15
Neither would, the father is a piece of crap in my eyes for accepting the cash
@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
20 Oct 15
How could anyone who loved their children, however forgiving a nature or big a sin you were committing..
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
20 Oct 15
I would never understand that either
@Tita417 (1237)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Oct 15
What I really understood from that verse is that you have to forgive and forget. Let God do the rest. You have to think what will happen to your family if you are in prison the worst nightmare I presume and your daughter will have the guilt feeling that it was her fault. This is really bad but still eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth is far fetch from what God wants to have peace.
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• Israel
20 Oct 15
I am usually trying to be forgiving but I think sometime you need to fight for your rights and if you are not doing so you become a slave to the other person caprices so you must put an end to that but you must try do it in the less damaging way. If you are a saint but really a saint only than you can be jesus like but not if it is ruining you from the inside and you just putting out side a saint smile.
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• United States
20 Oct 15
I always say there are things you can forgive, and things that you can not, and this is one of the ones I can not.
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@SIMPLYD (84506)
• Philippines
20 Oct 15
It is so difficult to tell until you came into an incident like that . I would also feel the same way as you - as angry as hell.
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@BelleStarr (39724)
• United States
19 Oct 15
Not for something like that.
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@Missmwngi (10792)
• Nairobi, Kenya
19 Oct 15
Some situations are very hard to deal with considering we are human being. For example if a man raped my daughter i would definitely chop his things off if i had a chance. Some things are just too painful
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@garymarsh6 (14501)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 15
I am afraid the man would not live long enough to find out! I think I am definitely in your camp. Touch my kids and you are a goner. I would happily do time for it!
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@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
19 Oct 15
Oh heck no @BACONSTRIPSXXX . That guy would have been missing his 'equipment'.
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@jstory07 (71123)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Oct 15
I would never forgive anyone that would do harm to one of my children or grandchildren.
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@inertia4 (27755)
• United States
21 Oct 15
I believe in an eye for an eye. If someone ever molested my child I would hunt them down and kill them slowly. I would want them to suffer.
@shshiju (10557)
• Cochin, India
20 Oct 15
Jesus said " If you are not sinners throw stones at her" .If you can forgive say others to forgive.