This is the revolution, intended, I think, as a revolution in Judaism, that didn’t happen. You’ve heard it before, this below, from Matthew:
Matthew 5 (King James Version)
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Here, Jesus refers to the Old Testament scripture, the traditional model for Hebrew law and punishment, and then issues the new Way, the revolution. He is making a case here, as in many other places, for a more forgiving and less vengeful God. More to the point for me, I think he made a case for a less vengeful and more forgiving Man.
(Jesus was surrounded by zealots, freedom fighters, or at least the leaders who talked them up, the hawks of his day, plus he was contested and marginalized by the orthodoxy, and the Herod clan. These conservatives had a good case against him, he was politically hamstrung by the occurence of his birth while his mother was still in “virgin” status, so Jesus was dealt the position of moderate, and moderator. The conservative, orthodox church leaders, if not the king, Herod, were to some degree aligned with the zealots against the Roman occupation, and so Jesus, pitted against them by his unauthorized birth, was also set up against the zealots, and so, found himself in the role of peacemaker.)
And so, this new, more civilized code of punishment.
I think Jesus announced a model of peacemaking with these great words, and set a new model for society in general.
It seems that the Christian concept of a more forgiving God caught on; God is now seen as gentler, and far more loving that the punishing, jealous God of the Old Testament.
But the more forgiving Mankind?
Punishment is still the rule of the land, all lands. In the Western world, we no longer take eyes, or teeth, true, that has improved – but we certainly haven’t made it all the way to ‘turning the other cheek also.’
Not even with our children!
Jesus’ time was a high water mark for civilization, one of the few times his message of peace and rejection of punishment could have had a chance in the long, rough history of the world, but old habits die hard. It’s still Old School, Old Testament, when push comes to shove.
It may have taken two thousand years to hear Jesus’ message, but we are arguably at another high point of civilization, and it’s one of those changes, like quitting any bad habit, it’s always going to be a good change to make. The message is, get hurt, model peace. Prioritize peace over ‘security.’ Security annihilates peace. Take some lumps. Show the bad guys what it looks like to NOT fight, show them what it’s like when someone DOESN’T hurt someone.
At least show your CHILDREN these things.
Turn the other cheek.
Viva la Revolution!
cool. investigate self-forgiveness as a way to release and let go of punishment, fear, anger, memories, abuse etc. through self-forgiveness you can birth youself as LIFE. cool. thanks for your comment on my blog too.
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it’s Canadian spelling, like the British, not the American . . .
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not bad! Christmas cold is over, I’m getting used to the side effects of my new psoriasis drug, feeling fairly normal after a weird nearly a year . . . I’m still high and hoping to get off the heathen devil weed again soon, but I don’t really have a plan for it. I’m happy enough, as long as I have my smoke. What about you? Healing?
Wish I had some weed, I did have some at a dinner a few nights ago mmmm.
I’m slowly recovering, bit pissy about it but at least I’m not depressed.
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that’s good! It’s on the SE list for my sorryasses drug, Apremilast, or Otezla., but so far no. Writing a ton, that keeps me happy, sorta. Nothing anybody’s reading, but I need to write to think.
I had some hillbillly heroin when it happened, not bad! Though I didn’t take more than 6 I have an almost full pack in my drug draw.
I’m not writing much I can’t type with one arm it shits me.
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oh, Man, M., I had kinda hoped that sort of trouble was firmly in the past for you. Opiates are OK if you don’t eat and so don’t need to, uh . . . metabolise (better?) . . .
I’m about half way through physio – I fkn hope, its just I have no patience.
I discovered that, good reason not to take them, as if we need more? I think I drank my body weight in water to return to – regularity!
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