38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. - Matthew 5:38-42
This comment was made on the Intersection blog recently:
I’m tired of hearing myself, as well as others, ask [what did Jesus really mean?] as an attempt to soften the blow of what the Bible often tells us to do....Great word. Check out this NPR story, also from Intersection, which illustrates the point further.
...Maybe Jesus was on to something, and we would be wise to take Him at His word.