Give ’em Enough Rope

Conflict-Resolution“Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”
–Ronald Reagan

What should you do if someone wrongs you? Turn the other cheek? No. That only applies if they strike you. According to Jesus:

If someone has wronged you, meet with him alone and discuss his fault between the two of you. If he agrees with you, you have gained an ally. If he won’t listen you, return with one or two others, so that there are two or three witnesses and every word can be established. If he still refuses to hear you, take your issue to the courts. If he ignores the ruling of the court, let him be pariah a to you.

Very sensible. Note that I replaced the word “church” with the word “court”. In Jesus’s time, there was no separation of church and state, and the church acted as the court, enforcing the law, which was written in the Torah, the first five books of the old testament.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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