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Faith Counsellor | An eye for an eye is it still relevant?

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Anxious. Fear.

Dear Joan,

I have a question to ask about a verse I have read in the bible and lately I have been hearing a lot of references to it. I will admit that I am not the most learned of students when it comes to the Bible as it's not been a year since I gave my heart to God.

I, however, believe that we should not take revenge, but if it's in the Bible, then maybe there is something to it. Should we or shouldn't we try to exact revenge for the harm that's been done to us.

- HJ

Dear HJ,

A lot of people use the scriptures to carry out their own agendas. Yes, the Bible did say "an eye for an eye" under Moses law, but if they had read the New Testament, they would have noticed Jesus' reference to it with the addendum "Matthew 5 vs 38-40 reads like this: "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. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also."

Of course, it doesn't literally mean if someone boxes you on your right cheek you are going to turn the left to receive another!

Simply put, walk away. Take the peaceful way out.

Unfortunately, aggressive people do not see it like that. Those who want to exact revenge will use anything to justify it. But as Christians, we are called to be peacemakers.

I hope this helps.



I am a Christian and afraid, does it mean I am not saved?


Dear Joan,

I am ashamed to confess that I seem to be afraid of everything! Sometimes my unsaved friends tell me that they doubt my Christianity as I am filled with too many fears. I have a visa, Joan, and I haven't used in years simply because I am too afraid to fly! When the plane takes off, I am on edge for the entire journey! When it goes through turbulence I feel numb and I can't wait to get off the plane. I pray, of course, but that doesn't take the uneasiness away.

Certain areas in Jamaica I am not willing to go because of its reputation. I guess the only way I would be witnessing to people who live in those communities is if they come across my path. When my church has outreach in certain areas I don't go because I am afraid that something might happen.

Joan, I feel guilty about the way I am short-changing my Christian life with all these fears, but I honestly don't know how to shake it.

- Fearful

Dear Fearful,

There is a quote that I came across and I will share it with you "courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

There is nothing wrong with feeling afraid. In light of danger, it is normal to feel a little trepidation, but this is where faith comes in.

"God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love and of a sound mind." One thing I have learnt is that fear cripples you and keeps you in an emotional prison.

I must admit that I am not a fan of flying myself. I hate the sense of having control taken out of my hands, and conversations with other Christians also reveal that they are not fond of flying either ... but they do!

So, rest assured, you are not alone in your fears and it's not a mark against your Christianity. Once Jesus saves you He doesn't change His mind.

Face your fears head on. Try to fly and make sure you have a media player with some relaxing music. The next time your church has an outreach, fight the feeling of fear and attend - you just might surprise yourself!