Question of the Day #37: "Turn The Other Cheek"
Whoops... Sorry about that, Franc. Absent minded of late. Alrighty then! Here's one that struck me recently.
Jesus is constantly portrayed by Christian as the ultimate figure of peace and love. Wow, he loved us so much. What a great guy. He teaches us to love our neighbors, judge not let ye be judged, and to turn the other cheek.
Now, that last one is rather intriguiging. While I think most of you guys could easily find contradictions to "turn the other cheek" all over the Bible, I was kind of wondering about the virtue of the principle in itself. Jesus says to "love your enemies" and "do good to them which hate you". (Hmm, maybe the US President should be reading this stuff.)
But is this actually virtuous? If we are attacked, should we not defend ourselves? It seems ludicrous to me. If some guy went to strike me in the face, I wouldn't turn either cheek. I would simply step out of the way!
Oh darn, there I go answering my own question again!