Another title to this blog might be: The first century politics of "Turn the other cheek"

Here is a link from a religious website to prove you can actually learn something from religious people:

It tells you all about it. I didn't read the whole article, but as far as I can tell, it tells the accurate story of "Turn the other cheek".

Some of you might mock the idea of learning from the religious, but I say don't put all your eggs in one basket. :)

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Comment by Michael OL on May 13, 2012 at 10:21pm

That's a clever interpretation, but I am not convinced.  In any case, we'll never know what the fellows who wrote/assembled/edited the bible/bibles really meant.  And they of course could not anticipate what commentators would interpret over the centuries.

But I like that web site; they have some really interesting ideas.  Consider for example the one about hell: .  In the conventional Christian and Muslim interpretations, hell is forever; the sinner's soul is tortured forever, in unspeakable cruelty.  But according to that link, hell is finite.  The punishment, however severe, lasts only long enough to "atone" for sin.  Once that labor is discharged, the soul is destroyed.  Instead of an immortality of torture, even the most abjectly evil sinner enjoys the peace of total final death.  The complete cessation of all sensations, all thought, all suffering, all breathing, all function - well, to me that's heaven!  So in the end, after many tribulations and travails, we all as it were go to heaven!

Comment by annet on May 13, 2012 at 2:03pm

I stand corrected because I thought God meant the left not the right cheek.  It all makes sense now. 

The man who had done the slap could not repeat the backhand slap against the cheek, since the nose would be in the way. The man could easily punch the left cheek, but doing so would indicate that the man being punched is equal to the man doing the punching, since in first century Judean society, punches were only used between equals.

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