What Does “Turn the Other Cheek” Mean?

I have often heard confusing and confused uses of “turn the other cheek.” The saying seems so imbalanced and out of touch with reality, as it circulates around the world, out of context and isolated. Someone gets punched, and he is told to turn the other cheek.

I also hear pacifists say this to the government when it is about to respond to an attack. “Jesus said to ‘turn the other cheek.’ So how can we commit an act of violence in response?” It’s that last application I’m concerned about.

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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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“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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4. The Manuscripts Tell The Story: The New Testament Is Reliable

This article, the last one in the four-part series, has a focused goal. It provides evidence from the best New Testament textual critics that it is possible to reach back to the original (autograph) books and letters of the New Testament, though the originals no longer physically exist.

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