The heading of this webpage involves the seemingly-absurd non-tit-for-tat quotations attributed to Jesus Christ of:
Matthew 5:38 "You have heard that it was said: 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 But I say to you: Do not resist one who is evil. If any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
40 and if any one sues you and take your coat, let him have your cloak also;
41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who want to borrow from you.
43 You have heard that it was said: 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for (not simply "about") those who persecute you,
45 so that you may be sons ("daughters" also?) of your Father who is in Heaven, because He makes his Sun rise (non-discriminately) on the evil and on the good, and (indiscriminately) sends rain on the just and on the injust."
[ Exodus 8:22 But on that day I (discriminately) will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people live, so that no swarms of flies shall be there; that you may know that I am the LORD on Earth.
Exodus 14:30 Thus the LORD saved Israel (not also the injust with the just?) that day from the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore (and not the Hebrews dead also? Oh, the pseudo-"prejudicial", non-bipartisan, non-inclusive, discriminatory, non-diversity of God!)
Joshua 5:1 When all the kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites that were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan (only) for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their heart melted, and there was no longer any spirit in them, because of the people of Israel.
Amos 4:7 "And I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain upon one city, and send no rain upon another city (I thought that everyone gets rain, according to the Sermon on the Mount); one field would be rained upon, and the field on which it did not rain withered;
8 so two or three cities wandered to one city to drink water, and were not satisfied; yet you did not return to me," says the LORD."
9 "I smote you with blight and mildew; I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards; your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured; yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
10 "I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I slew your young men with the sword; I carried away your horses; and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
11 "I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew (pro-homogay/homosodomite-"rights") Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
Haggai 2:17 " I smote you and all the products of your labor with blight and mildew and hail; yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say to them: "Thus says the LORD of hosts: Return to me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts."
Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the LORD (not merely "respected" Him) spoke with one another; the LORD heeded and heard them, and a Book of Remembrance was written to Him of those who feared the LORD (i.e. were doggoned afraid of Him, terrified what He would do against and not for them if they even slightly screwed up) and thought on His name.
17 "They shall be mine," says the LORD of hosts, "my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them (not everyone indiscriminately?) as a man spares his son who serves him.
18 Then once more you shall [discriminately and partially] distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him."
Matthew 5:46 If you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors (the IRS) do the same?
47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
To verify that the above apparently-lunatic statements of Matthew chapter 5 (from the Sermon on the Mount) were not gross literary error or hideous misprint, the initially-obnoxious ideas conveyed by the wording is repeated in Luke:
Luke 6:27 "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for (for?) those who abuse you.
29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also (with the strap or paddle included?); and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt (and your car, your house, your wife?).
30 Give to every one who begs from you [and be sure to not give dogs what is holy, nor throw your pearls before pigs]; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again [let the thief no longer steal, and not be an idle sluggard].
31 And as you want people to do to you, do so to them. [You don't want your head chopped off Davy? Then don't chop off Goliath's head, because those who take to the sword perish by the sword, which was not true in your peaceful-death case, Davy]
32 If you love those who love you, what value is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.
34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish [And He can afford it, because He owns the Bank].
36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37 Judge not, and you will not be judged [remember how I whipped up the moneychangers]; condemn not, and you will not be condemned [calling the Pharisees blind fools]; forgive, and you will be forgiven [asking brood-of-viper Sadducees how they could ever escape the sentence of Hell];
38 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. The measure you give will be the measure you get back."
Wow! So we are instructed to be wimps, doormats, cowards, wickedness tolerators who let others beat us and our neighbors up, go into poverty giving away all our money to irresponsible lazy bums on street corners who beg for it, let others steal everything in our homes, and plus love and pray for (not merely "about") those who hate God and His morality?
Where do emergency calls to 911 to police fit into all this, pertaining to illegal and unlawful slander and libel defamation, robbery, sexual abuse and assault, battery (during turn-the-other-cheek episodes), vandalism, hospitalization costs, and perhaps even malicious murder (really turning the other check)?
First Samuel 15:33 And Samuel said: "As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
The "eye for an eye and tooth for tooth" seems appropriate for most cases of paramilitary aggression and attack, does it not?
Proverbs 17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Personal vengeance -- or instead corporate or universal retaliation? Does it matter which, or a combination of all three simultaneously?
After all, Joshua (by order of God, and His Son) not merely slapped cheeks but downright slaughtered Canaanites who intended to and were in the process of more than merely slapping faces of wayfaring Hebrews on the way to the Promised Land.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and IF he repents, forgive him.
Now we're getting somewhere!
And where was godly patience of David, stoning and decapitating Goliath in response to the giant's reviling taunts? Did Davy personally hate Goliath with a passion when he beheaded him with a vengeance? Does a policeman rightly hate a felon he guns down dead who has grievously wounded him and previously murdered a bunch of innocent people nearby?
Second Chronicles 19:2 But Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat: "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the LORD."
Why did the American military slap back imperialist japs in the face with the nukes at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in response to them slapping the Navy fleet in Pearl Harbor in the face?
Titus 1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
Yes! Rebuke them SHARPLY.
Numbers 25:17 "Harass the Midianites, and smite them" (instead of "turning the other cheek").
Deuteronomy 28:22 The LORD will smite you with consumption, and with fever, inflammation, and fiery heat, and with drought, and with blasting, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.
27 The LORD will smite you with the boils of Egypt, and with the ulcers and the scurvy and the itch, of which you cannot be healed.
28 The LORD will smite you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind;
35 The LORD will smite you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.
Judges 6:16 And the LORD said to him: "But I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man."
Where's the "turning the other cheek" coddling or favoring the Midianites concerning THAT one?
There obviously seems to be glaring inconsistency relating to proper and just retribution, contrasted with lack of it, buried within the bowels of the entirety of Scripture. Yes? No?
Shall the perhaps-pacifistic-and-disgusting words of Jesus be taken literally, then applied to other situations? You throw a brick through the window of my house, then I (or someone else at my bidding) throws a brick through your house window. You spray-paint with graffiti or key my car or slash my tires or hammer my car's windows, and I (or someone else I designate) spray-paints with graffiti or keys or slashes tires or hammers glass windows of your car?
To resolve all this dilemma, motivations have to be considered.
WHY is someone doing harm to persons or property? Is it mere mischievous or malicious attack for no (not simply apparent, but actually not in any way justifiable) reason or cause?
We all make mistakes. The wind catches our car door as we open it, and it bangs against the door of the car next to us in the parking lot. We wonder if we should leave a note under his windshield wiper that we did that, or simply let it go to not get involved with whatever might transpire. We exit a door and bang into someone we did not know was there trying to enter the same door. We inadvertantly step on someone toes, then offer a quick and sincere apology. We slip on a wet restaurant or store floor without the Caution Cones in sight, and if they are there, we cannot sue for negligence.
It is vital that we realize that we ourselves are not perfect and have erred and trespassed - even involuntarily - in the past. It is even more important to realize that others are not perfect either.
It is crucial to realize that people who are misinformed by others who are prejudiced, do wrongful prejudicial acts themselves, not knowing all the facts and all of what is involved.
Hence the statement of Jesus from a cross: "Father forgive them because they know not what they are doing."
The Roman centurion (and perhaps even Saul turned Paul) who heard that and saw the other things Jesus said and did on that cross later exclaimed: "Truly this Man was the Son of God!" and consequentially occurred the Roman-soldiers-accomplished destruction of Jerusalem (infested with accursed-and-Hell-destined pharisaic jewish swine who forced Pilate and the soldiers at the tomb of resurrection to violate their Roman conscience of true justice) in 70 A.D. and establishment of the church-in-state Catholic/Christian Holy Roman Empire under Constantine.
If slapped, the correct response should be: "Why did you do that?" And if the answer is: "Because you raped and murdered my wife, tortured and sodomized my kid, burned my house down, blew up my car, and vandalized every Christian church in the city" perhaps the slapped should consider a patient response of not slapping the slapper back.
Maybe the slapper is anonymous, and one is not able to discover who it is to slap back. Maybe even the cops cannot figure that out either.
God knows, cares, and requites with a Divine vengeance - sooner and later.
Romans 13:1 Have every person be subject to the governing authorities, because there is no authority except from God, and those who exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore anyone who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 Rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 because he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because he does not bear the sword [or Glock, Beretta, Smith-&-Wesson, Ruger, whatever pistol] in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
It helps, of course, to avoid getting slapped in the first place by not ever being in the vicinity of those who you sense might be in the slap-simply-for-the-heck-of-it mood. Why let them make an ass out of you? Avoid being around or near evil tricky associates, facetious friends, teasing acquaintances, strangers, illegal aliens, terroristic immigrants - whoever.
Luke 19:27 "But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in front of me." [Got that, President Trump?]
Leviticus 19:18 "You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."
Numbers 31:3 And Moses said to the people: "Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute the LORD's vengeance on Midian." [Note the lack of "turn-the-other-cheek" pacifism. What gives?]
Deuteronomy 32:35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense, because the time when their foot shall slip; the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.
41 if I whet my glittering sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries, and will requite those who hate me.
43 "Praise His people, you nations, because He avenges the blood of His servants, takes vengeance on His adversaries, and makes expiation for the land of his people."
Joshua 10:13 And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance [Fallible PEOPLE and not simply God taking VENGEANCE? Really?] on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? [What the heck is Jashar? Where's THAT in the Bible?] The Sun stayed in the middle of heaven [the sky, I assume], and did not speed on to go down for about a whole day.
First Samuel 25:26 Now then, m'lord [David], as The LORD lives, and as your soul lives, seeing the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt, and from taking vengeance with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to m'lord be as Nabal.
First Samuel 25:31 my lord shall have no cause of grief, or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for m'lord taking vengeance himself. And when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your handmaid."
The Torah gives us very-convenient and helpful advice, and even admonition:
Numbers 35:10 "Say to the people of Israel: 'When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
11 then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there.
15 These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the traveler among them, that any one who kills any person without intent may flee there.
16 But if he [intentionally and maliciously] struck him down with an instrument of iron, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
17 And if he [intentionally and maliciously] struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which a man may die, and he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
18 Or if he [intentionally and maliciously] struck him down with a weapon of wood in the hand, by which a man may die, and he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall be put to death.
19 The avenger of blood shall himself put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death.
20 And if he [intentionally and maliciously] stabbed him from hatred, or hurled at him, lying in wait, so that he died,
21 or in enmity struck him down with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow shall be put to death; he is a murderer; the avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death, when he meets him.
22 But if he stabbed him suddenly without enmity, or hurled anything on him without lying in wait,
23 or used a stone, by which a man may die, and without seeing him cast it upon him, so that he died, though he was not his enemy, and did not seek his harm;
24 then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these ordinances,
25 and the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his City of Refuge, to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
26 But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the bounds of his City of Refuge to which he fled,
27 and the avenger of blood finds him outside the bounds of his City of Refuge, and the avenger of blood slays the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood.
28 The man must remain in his City of Refuge until the death of the high priest; but after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession.
29 "And these things shall be for a statute and ordinance to you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
30 If any one kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses; but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
31 Moreover you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death.
32 And you shall accept no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to reside in the land before the death of the high priest.
33 You shall not thus pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of him who shed it.
34 You shall not defile the land in which you live, within which I reside, because I the LORD live among the people of Israel."
Deuteronomy 4:41 Then Moses set apart three cities in the east beyond the Jordan,
42 that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without being at enmity with him in time past, and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might save his life:
43 Bezer in the wilderness on the tableland for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.
Deuteronomy 19:1 "When the LORD your God cuts off the nations whose land the LORD your God gives you, and you dispossess them and live in their cities and in their houses,
2 you shall set apart three cities for you in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess.
3 You shall prepare the roads, and divide into three parts the area of the land which the LORD your God gives you as a possession, so that any manslayer can flee to them.
4 This is the provision for the manslayer, who by fleeing there may save his life. If any one kills his neighbor unintentionally without having been at enmity with him in time past . . .
5 as when a man goes into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and his hand swings the axe to cut down a tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies -- he may flee to one of these cities and save his life;
6 lest the avenger of blood in hot anger pursue the manslayer and overtake him, because the way is long, and wound him mortally, though the man did not deserve to die, being that he was not at enmity with his neighbor in time past.
10 lest innocent blood be shed in your land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and so the guilt of bloodshed be upon you.
11 But if any man hates his neighbor, and lies in wait for him, and attacks him, and wounds him mortally so that he dies, and the man flees into one of these cities,
12 then the elders (City Council, Police Detective, Sheriff's Deputy, U.S. Marshal) of his city shall send and fetch him from there, and hand him over to the avenger of blood, so that he may die.
13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, so that it may be well with you.
14 In the inheritance which you will hold in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess, you shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set.
15 A single witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed; only on the evidence of two witnesses, or of three witnesses, shall a charge be sustained.
16 If a malicious witness rises against any man to accuse him of wrongdoing,
17 then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days;
18 the judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely,
19 then YOU (not merely God) SHALL (meaning: MUST) do to him as he had meant to do to his brother; so you shall purge the evil awayfrom among you.
20 And others will hear, and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you.
21 Your eye shall not pity; it shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Joshua 20:1 Then the LORD said to Joshua:
2 "Say to the people of Israel: 'Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses (not Trump?],
3 that the manslayer who kills any person without intent or unwittingly may flee there; they shall be for you a refuge from the avenger of blood.
4 He shall flee to one of these cities and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and explain his case to the elders of that city; then they shall take him into the city, and give him a place, and he shall remain with them.
5 And if the avenger of blood pursues him, they shall not give up the slayer into his hand, because he killed his neighbor unwittingly, having had no enmity against him in times past.
6 And he shall remain in that city until he has stood before the congregation for judgment, until the death of him who is high priest at the time: then the slayer may go again to his own town and his own home, to the town from which he fled.'"
7 So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali [New York?], and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim [Texas?], and Kiriatharba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah [California?].
Ezekiel 25:1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites, and prophesy against them.
3 Say to the Ammonites: 'Hear the word of the Lord GOD: "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because you said: 'Aha!' over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when it went into exile;
4 therefore I am handing you over to the people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their residence among you; they shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk.
5 I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and the cities of the Ammonites a fold for flocks. Then you will know that I am the LORD."'
6 Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within you against the land of Israel,
7 therefore, hey, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as plunder to the nations; and I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the LORD."
8 "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because Moab said: 'Hey, the house of Judah is like all the other nations,'
9 therefore I will lay open the flank of Moab from the cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Bethjeshimoth, Baalmeon, and Kiriathaim.
10 I will give it along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, that it may be remembered no more among the nations,
11 and I will execute judgments upon Moab. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"
12 "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance upon them,
13 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "I will stretch out my hand against Edom, and cut off from it man and beast; and I will make it desolate; from Teman even to Dedan they shall fall by the sword.
14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel; and they shall do in Edom according to my anger and according to my wrath; and they shall know my vengeance," says the Lord GOD."'
15 "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because the Palestinians acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of heart to destroy in never-ending enmity;
16 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Hey, I will stretch out my hand against the Palestinians, and I will cut off the Cherethites, and destroy the rest of the seacoast.
17 I will execute great vengeance upon them with wrathful chastisements. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon them.'"
Ezekiel 35:1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it,
3 and say to it: 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Hey, I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a waste.
4 I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation; and you shall know that I am the LORD.
5 Because you cherished perpetual enmity, and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment;
6 therefore, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you are guilty of blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.
7 I will make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation; and I will cut off from it all who come and go.
8 And I will fill your mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall.
9 I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
10 Because you said: 'These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them,' -- although the LORD was there --
11 therefore, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will deal with you according to the anger and envy which you showed because of your hatred against them; and I will make myself known among you, when I judge you.
12 And you shall know that I, the LORD, have heard all the revilings which you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying: 'They are laid desolate, they are given us to devour.'
13 And you magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it."
14 Thus says the Lord GOD: "For the rejoicing of the whole Earth I will make you desolate.
15 As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, Mount Seir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am the LORD."
Revelation 19:15 From His [i.e. Jesus Christ's, the turn-the-other-cheek pseudo-pacifist's] mouth issues a sharp [conquering] sword with which to smite the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.