Viewpoint: Jesus, Forgiveness, and Nonviolence

In his time, Jesus took the concept of forgiveness to a dramatically new level. Jesus went beyond the traditional forgiving of friends and relatives. He asked us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:43–44). Jesus told us to harm no one, and taught by his example. Even as Jesus’s life was threatened, Jesus rebuked his disciple for cutting off a soldier’s ear, which Jesus then healed. He taught his followers to “turn the other cheek.” Not only is this not “the survival of the fittest” or “an eye for an eye🔒

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Marsha D. Holliday lives in Washington, D.C.

Posted in: February 2019, Viewpoint

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