Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (KJV)
I was in hot debate with someone over this. This man was a former pastor and I was just shocked at his interpretation of this. First let’s talk about what this really means. This speaks of avenging someone if you read it in context. You are not to repay someone if a personal evil was done against you. But this person thought this meant not to defend yourself against a criminal!! (gasp!)
He is married with small children and I asked him what if a robber broke into his house and threatened to rape his wife and kill his children? I asked if he would defend his family or stand there and let the robber do as he pleased. He was silent. His silence spoke volumes. In my opinion I see him (the husband) as a co-conspirator, just as guilty as the criminal! He may as well have held his wife down to assist. I also call that cowardly and shameful! But in his eyes he thought he was obeying God and doing Him a service.
This is an example of why it’s so important that we understand Scripture and understand the CORRECT interpretation – in this case it could have been fatal.