Offer no resistance to one who is evil...
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So, I was reading Matthew this morning and came across the part where Christ tells his followers to “offer no resistance to one who is evil. If one strikes you on your right cheek, offer him also your left.“ This got me to thinking, especially in light of our current circumstances in the world, what does this really mean? Is the Christian idea of justice that we should not resist evil and let it overtake us completely, because we are not meant for this world anyway, and our award and ultimate destiny is heaven? Are we to Willingly submit to evil and death in this world in order to make it to heaven faster? Are we  to willingly offer up our innocent children and our families to the grasp of evil and martyrdom in order to quickly advance to the kingdom of heaven? Are we not supposed to live comfortably in this world, so let’s die and get to heaven as quickly as we can? 

Seems like a harsh reality to me. 

So if antifa shows up to my door ready to murder my child and my family, I should just submit to them and offer no resistance?
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(11-18-2020, 09:29 AM)SacraCor714 Wrote: So, I was reading Matthew this morning and came across the part where Christ tells his followers to “offer no resistance to one who is evil. If one strikes you on your right cheek, offer him also your left.“ This got me to thinking, especially in light of our current circumstances in the world, what does this really mean? Is the Christian idea of justice that we should not resist evil and let it overtake us completely, because we are not meant for this world anyway, and our award and ultimate destiny is heaven? Are we to Willingly submit to evil and death in this world in order to make it to heaven faster? Are we  to willingly offer up our innocent children and our families to the grasp of evil and martyrdom in order to quickly advance to the kingdom of heaven? Are we not supposed to live comfortably in this world, so let’s die and get to heaven as quickly as we can? 

Seems like a harsh reality to me. 

So if antifa shows up to my door ready to murder my child and my family, I should just submit to them and offer no resistance?

I vaguely remember something in a college religion course about people only using a backhand slap inferiors, and offering the other cheek meant the person was also being defiant.  That course was taught by someone who I would now consider the equivalent of a female James Martin, so I also wouldn’t consider it too orthodox before doing more research.
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Like many of our Lord's sayings, it is a difficult one that is meant to show the way of the meek. Our Lord is showing us not to return evil with evil, but with good, it is a lesson on self-restraint. Recall when our Lord was being forcibly taken by the Jews, and St. Peter lashed out with force. Our Lord rebuked him and said that His Father could send legions of angels to strike his persecutors down, but, instead he took the road of restraint. We are to be instruments of God's goodness, meaning we must bear those evils inflicted on us for the sake of converting those who afflict us.
I believe it is meant to address evil against oneself, not necessarily that inflicted on others. Remember that God will ultimately serve as the Judge for all evil and will avenge all sin.

Here's what St. John Chrysostom has to say on this verse:
"What then? it is said, ought we not to resist the evil one? Indeed we ought, but not in this way, but as He has commanded, by giving one's self up to suffer wrongfully; for thus shall you prevail over him. For one fire is not quenched by another, but fire by water. And to show you that even under the old law he that suffered rather prevails, that he it is who wins the crown; examine just what is done, and you will see that his advantage is great. For as he that has begun with unjust acts, will have himself destroyed the eyes of both, his neighbor's and his own (wherefore also he is justly hated of all, and ten thousand accusations are aimed at him): so he that has been injured, even after his equal retaliation, will have done nothing horrible. Wherefore also he has many to sympathize with him, as being clear from that offense even after he has retaliated. And though the calamity be equal to both parties, yet the sentence passed on it is not equal, either with God, or with men. It should seem then, that neither is the calamity equal in the end.

Now whereas at the beginning He said, he that is angry with his brother without a cause, and he that calls him fool shall be in danger of hell fire, here He requires yet more entire self-restraint, commanding him that suffers ill not merely to be quiet, but even to be more exceedingly earnest in his turn, by offering the other cheek.

And this He says, not as legislating about such a blow as this only, but as teaching also what forbearance we should practise in all our other trials. For just as when He says, whoso calls his brother fool, is in danger of hell, He speaks not of this word only, but also of all reviling; even so here also He is making a law, not so much for our bearing it manfully, when smitten, as that we should be undisturbed, whatever we suffer. Because of this He both there singled out the extremest insult, and here has set down that which seems to be of all blows most opprobrious, the blow on the cheek, so full of all insolence. And He commands this as having regard both of him that strikes and of him that is stricken. Since both he that is insulted will not think that he suffers any harm, being thus framed to self-restraint (nay, he will not even have any sense of the insult, as striving rather for a prize than as receiving a blow); and he that is offering the affront will be made ashamed, and not add a second blow, though he be fiercer than any wild beast, yea, rather will condemn himself heartily for the former. For nothing so restrains the wrong doers, as when the injured bear what is done with gentleness. And it not only restrains them from rushing onward, but works upon them also to repent for what has gone before, and in wonder at such forbearance to draw back. And it makes them more our own, and causes them to be slaves, not merely friends, instead of haters and enemies; even as avenging one's self does just the contrary: for it both disgraces each of the two, and makes them worse, and their anger it heightens into a greater flame; yea, often no less than death itself is the end of it, going on from bad to worse. Wherefore He not only forbade you to be angry when smitten, but even enjoined you to satiate the other's desire, that so neither may the former blow appear to have befallen you against your will. For thus, lost as he may be to shame, you will be able to smite him with a mortal blow, rather than if you had smitten him with your hand; or if his shamelessness be still greater, you will make him gentle in proportion."
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Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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Cornelius a Lapide has many things to say on this verse, he mainly cites the example of the various martyrs of the Church.

"Christ here wishes to imprint upon us a disposition to meekness and patience, that however much thou mayest be injured, yet still that thou shouldst not depart so much as a hair’s breadth from inward peace and charity; and that if love of your neighbour and the glory of God, in any conjuncture of circumstances, should absolutely require that you resist not evil, but patiently accept it, that you should in such a case do as the first Christians did—suffer joyfully the spoiling of your goods, or even the deprivation of life itself."

"It is a distinguishing characteristic of a martyr not to resist, not to defend himself, but to suffer himself to be slain for Christ. For, “a soldier fights, not a martyr.” A martyr is a sharer in the Passion of Christ, as the martyrs write to S. Cyprian, (lib. 5, Epist. 12.) For the passion of Christ is the pattern of all martyrdom."

"Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, &c. This is, as I have said, a matter sometimes of precept, sometimes of counsel. Compliance with it flows from a generous mind, prompt to suffer, and earnestly desirous of imitating the Life and Passion of Christ. Hence S. Ambrose by the right cheek mystically understands patience, which conquers all things. 'For as,” saith he, “Samson by the jaw-bone of an ass slew a thousand Philistines, so Christ by His patience overthrew the demons and all His enemies.'"
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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Lastly, as an Old Testament example of the meekness of martyrdom, we can look to the Jewish woman and her seven sons in 2 Maccabees 7:

"Now the mother was to be admired above measure, and worthy to be remembered by good men, who beheld seven sons slain in the space of one day, and bore it with a good courage, for the hope that she had in God: And she bravely exhorted every one of them in her own language, being filled with wisdom: and joining a man's heart to a woman's thought, She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you. But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and that found out the origin of all, he will restore to you again in his mercy, both breath and life, as now you despise yourselves for the sake of his laws." 7:20-23

And finally, the counsel of the Mother to her last son, waiting his certain death:

"My son, have pity upon me, that bore thee nine months in my womb, and gave thee suck three years, and nourished thee, and brought thee up unto this age. I beseech thee, my son, look upon heaven and earth, and all that is in them: and consider that God made them out of nothing, and mankind also: So thou shalt not fear this tormentor, but being made a worthy partner with thy brethren, receive death, that in that mercy I may receive thee again with thy brethren." 7:27-29
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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Not only should you turn the other cheek to Antifa, you should also love them because they are your enemy, according to the Bible. This is why I don't read the Bible and instead just listen to the priest. Us laymen are not meant to interpret the Bible.
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(11-18-2020, 09:29 AM)SacraCor714 Wrote: So, I was reading Matthew this morning and came across the part where Christ tells his followers to “offer no resistance to one who is evil. If one strikes you on your right cheek, offer him also your left.“ This got me to thinking, especially in light of our current circumstances in the world, what does this really mean? Is the Christian idea of justice that we should not resist evil and let it overtake us completely, because we are not meant for this world anyway, and our award and ultimate destiny is heaven? Are we to Willingly submit to evil and death in this world in order to make it to heaven faster? Are we  to willingly offer up our innocent children and our families to the grasp of evil and martyrdom in order to quickly advance to the kingdom of heaven? Are we not supposed to live comfortably in this world, so let’s die and get to heaven as quickly as we can? 

Seems like a harsh reality to me. 

So if antifa shows up to my door ready to murder my child and my family, I should just submit to them and offer no resistance?
 
The best explanation I've heard of this passage is that an aggressor may, in an evil fit of rage, strike you; by turning your other cheek toward him, you give them the opportunity for pause.  That is, whereas the first strike was out of rage, the second one would be of conscious will.  It is putting them to the test, in a way, and also by extending mercy by not immediately striking back.

It is also important to keep in mind Catechism pg. 2264:  "Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:"

Lastly, this short talk clears the passage up a bit; start at the 3:00 mark: 

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(11-19-2020, 06:00 AM)I am the GOAT Wrote: Not only should you turn the other cheek to Antifa, you should also love them because they are your enemy, according to the Bible. This is why I don't read the Bible and instead just listen to the priest. Us laymen are not meant to interpret the Bible.

Well, Popes Leo XIII and Pius XII, as well as numerous saints disagree with you. And also mocking the words of Christ is blasphemy.

Are you one of those people who think pious reading of Scripture is "Protestant"?
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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Pretty confident the goat is Mr. NSAID...
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(11-19-2020, 12:10 PM)Pandora Wrote: Pretty confident the goat is Mr. NSAID...
I was thinking the same thing
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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