Eye for Eye, Tooth for Tooth: Revenge in the Old and New Testaments

Does the Old Testament demand literal retaliation for a wrong? Should an eye or a tooth be gouged or knocked out—physically? What about the teaching of Jesus? Does he raise our vision to a higher calling? How do we forgive a tort or a physical injury? How do we get compensated for damages?

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Glowing and Growing or Sloppy Faith v. Legalistic Faith

I’m a radical believer in God’s radical grace. It gives me freedom. A critic could claim I advocate sloppy living. But then I could call the critic legalistic. How do we balance the two? Let’s do a Bible study to get some insight.

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“Don’t Judge!” A Misunderstood Biblical Command

I have often heard that imperative or command, and so have you (Matt. 7:1-5 and Luke 6:37-42). It’s supposed to end all debate. It seems at first glance to make Christianity beautiful, but for the thinking person, it falls into disrepute; how the imperative is thrown around seems unrealistic and foolish.

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