“Pray for your enemies.”

by Luke Muehlhauser on October 3, 2010 in Funny

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Leomar October 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm



g October 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Curiously, this is in fact almost exactly the meaning of Proverbs 25:21 and Romans 12:20. It’s customary to assume that Jesus had something a bit different in mind, but who knows?


JS Allen October 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Yes, it sure could be interpreted that way. “Turn the other cheek” or “give him your coat, too”, is kind of like saying “Give positive reinforcement for the guy’s self-destructive behavior, and he’ll send himself over the cliff even faster.”


Joel October 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Love thine enemies; turn the other cheek.

Ought we have done that for Hitler?


consideratheism October 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Usually turning the other cheek ends up getting your head blown off.


al friedlander October 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I remember this passage well. Back when I was religious, it took me -years- to realize, with all due respect, that this is absolutely terrible advice.

Pretty soon I started getting taken advantage of. Even my Christian friends started to tell me that I was ‘too nice’, which is ironic, because there theoretically shouldn’t be such a concept given the Santa-Claus-huggy-teddy-bear God that we all believed in. It was like a pink elephant in the room for them; even they knew it was an ideal impossible to uphold. Such advice only sounds great on paper; it’s a fantasy


Jeff H October 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Well, in Jesus’ defense, it’s great advice if you’re expecting the world to end in a few months or years. Don’t rock the boat, don’t worry about earthly possessions, and bide your time until those suckers BUUUURRRRRNNNN!!


lukeprog October 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm



al friedlander October 5, 2010 at 9:38 am



Shane October 6, 2010 at 1:49 am

Oh I dunno – you can wuv ur enemies at the same time as fighting them to protect your own interests. Part of this is about perceiving yourself as superior to them, and that is the way Theistic Christians (as opposed to us wise Atheistic Christians) typically interpret this. You are better than they are, so you can afford to “love” the little people, where “love” means something more akin to “passively despise”. Anyway, teh space pixie is going to destroy them in time, so you can rub your hands and laugh; if any of them “repent” and turn to your way, then the victory is even sweeter.

So, in fact, the image above is spot on.


James Farish February 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

No offense to anyone who posted before, but could it be we’re reading a rabbi’s teaching through American eyes? We mock “turn the other cheek” because we see it as passive and laughable. But could it this verse also be interpreted that when someone strikes you, turn the other cheek, in confidence that you will not be shamed in that manner? I know many would assume Jesus was all about peace, love, and tie dye, but this cynicism used to approach a teaching which encourages people to have confidence and empowerment in themselves, is nothing short of academic laziness to not look logically at these ancient scriptures.



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