I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
Is an Eye for an Eye about hatred or proper proportional retribution?
Is the saying about treating them the same?
Would an Eye for Hand be okay?
Does the saying, “You come after one of us, you come after all of us” relate to this?
Action – reaction?
Action – consequences?
“Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand" (Ex. , 24)
The law of "an eye for an eye" is usually called the law of retribution, or "lex talionis" (Latin, lex [law] and talio [like]; the punishment is like the injury), or the law of equivalency.
1. History of the legislation. The lex talionis is found in three passages in the Old Testament (Ex. , 24; Lev. 24:19, 20; and Deut. ).
"Eye for an Eye" in the Bible: Matthew 5:37-39
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek on this subject, so why don’t we?
If our laws are based in Christianity, why don’t they reflect that?