Thorny Bible Passages: "Turning the Other Cheek"

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  • September 16, 2010
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Dr. Don Sunukjian seeks out the original intent behind Jesus' command to "turn the other cheek."

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  • Donald R Sunukjian  

    • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Homiletics
    • Chair, Department of Christian Ministry and Leadership

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    6. Thorny Bible Passages: "Turning the Other Cheek"

    by Donald R Sunukjian

    35:31 — September 16, 2010

    Thorny Bible Passages: "Turning the Other Cheek"

    Dr. Don Sunukjian seeks out the original intent behind Jesus' command to "turn the other cheek."

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    • John M
    • over 4 years ago

    I am a student at Fresno Pacific University taking a class in bible leadership. We had a forum last week where students discussed to some extent what turning the other cheek signified. After watching this video I know comprehend to a further extent what god means by turning the other cheek. My answer to that question has now changed. One lesson to be learned from this is that people often use the metaphor eye for eye and tooth for a tooth as means of revenge against their brothers and sisters. This is not what god wants. Jesus does not want us to take that literally because "eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth" is supposed to apply only to public justice and not private revenge. When Jesus advises humans to turn the other cheek on an evil person he is talking about people who have an individual evil focus on us. It’s more like a personal type of evil. Jesus wants humans to leave revenge and justice to him. Jesus will take care of us. Turning the other cheek can break evil links and being nice to the evil person can ultimately help them get closer to god.

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