Registered: May 2001
Location: Brew City
Originally posted by DanT
If you look at that whole speech (the Sermon on the Mount) it's obvious that Jesus was talking about "turning the other cheek" when someone insults you, not when they actually attack you. Big difference.
And while we're at it, the correct translation of the 6th Commandment is "Thou shalt not murder."
I'm not gonna argue context, though I don't agree with your interpretation of that text, but in the general context of "we should kill all the evil folks" the whole quasi-pacifist acceptance of his death for the greater good thing and the "live by the sword, perish by the sword" bit gets complicated at best. I can't off the top of my head think where Jesus actually advocated deadly force or even violence against another save metaphor (If thine eye offend, etc) or his youthful indiscretion in the temple, though. And if you get historical on the wording of the 6th, you have to accept that killing anyone who wasn't part of your tribe wasn't murder and so was pretty much OK within certain other guidelines. We don't want to promote that, now do we?
The bottom line is that this militant notion that the only way to expunge evil from the world is to kill/destroy it is not the only notion there is, and in fact would seem not to be completely in tune with some of the teachings of the guy lots of the folks who seem to be against this pledge claim to follow. Me, I take my philosophy chinese menu style (One from column A, One from column B) so I tend to not get caught up in who thought what but more in "Is this a good precept" so it's no skin off my nose if people want to believe three contradictory things before breakfast, myself included.
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