Eyes Examined



You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also

     What is wrong with the philosophy of an eye for an eye. Isn’t it justice that a wrong be compensated for? Justice that follows an eye for eye mentality is know as law of retribution.It is a form of punishment where the prescribed penalty is identical with, or equivalent to, the offense.In English it is Talion, the Latin phrase is lex talionis, the law of talion:to retaliate.Lex talionis originated from lawless feuds and vendettas practiced between arguing parties. Lex Talionis is a means of moderating disputes,feuds, and vendettas through a prescribed code of retribution.Common words associated with lex talionis are payback,retaliation ,vengeance and retribution.  The problem wit lex talionis is that it does not involve redemption or restoration, or mediator or atonement.Christ was unwilling to accept an identical penalty ,an equivalent. Jesus wanted more. He did not settle for restitution or retaliation,Jesus sought redemption. He did not want something equal to a crime, injustice, negligence or sin; he wanted something greater.Rather than accept a flaw for a flaw, he says turn the other cheek; refuse to commit a sin for a sin. Its the greater path.

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