Over the past few years… I have been exploring the ideas and concept of self-defense. Wikipedia says self-defense is a countermeasure that involves defending the well-being of oneself or of another from harm. The right for someone to defend themselves against harm seems logical enough… or does it?
One of the teachings that I am struggling through:
“If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
What in the world does that mean? Surely, this is not to be taken literally. This must be some sort of figurative language, right?
Looking more closely, there is even more challenges given.
We also see that we should
“If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.”
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
and even to
“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
If that wasn’t enough, the next set of teaching says that we are to “Love Your Enemies”
This is crazy talk… or is it?