Evil men won't just go away because we hide ourselves. Eventually, many of us will find ourselves in conflict with a wicked agressor.
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
murder (n): act of unlawfully killing a human being with premeditated malice, by a person of sound mind. To constitute murder in law, the person killing another must be of sound mind or in possession of his reason, and the act must be done with malice prepense, aforethought or premeditated
(See 'murder', Noah Webster's Dicitonary, 1828, retrieved May 28, 2014, [www.1828.mshaffer.com])
Thou shalt not kill.
If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
However, God does not take pleasure in the punishment of the wicked. God punishes because He does what needs to be done as the Judge over mankind, not because he takes pleasure in it.
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
-2 Peter 3:9
If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution;
In broad daylight, it is much easier to stop and assess the situation. You can question the individual, and in the case someone may be breaking in because he/she is hungry, you may even find an opportunity to be charitable to another.
Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
The Bible does not ever issue the death penalty for thieves because if you kill the thief, then there is no one to pay for the losses of the victim. That's why Exodus 22:3 said "he should make full restitution." God, in his just ways, does not invite punishment on the innocent, but multiplies it on the wicked as a consequence for their actions.
If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
First, let the authorities know. There is nothing in the Bible that prevents the law of the land from punishing evildoers, but rather, the Bible frequently calls for it.
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I have heard Bible-hating scoffers make the argument that if a Christian is truly saved, then the Christian should die off so the thief can live on, but anyone who reads their Bible knows that's a ridiculous notion. Again, God does not protect the wicked, and we all must pay the consequences of our actions, whether in this life or the next.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
-1 Peter 4:14-15
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.
To this woman, I would reply: "According to the doctrine you believe, if, God forbid, you are ever raped, when the man is done with you, you need to say, 'Thank you sir, may I have another?'" Of course, she would not do this, which means she doesn't live the way she says she believes (i.e. hypocrisy), so let's go back to verse 38 and get a context with which to undertand what Christ is teaching:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
Let's look at the other examples:
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Christ is telling us that if a man gets angry at us and strikes us in his fury, striking back is not the answer because it only fuels the hatred. It's kind of like the old saying, "An eye for an eye will eventually make the whole world blind." It does NOT mean if a woman has been raped that she should open herself up and freely offer the man more sex, or that if a man sneaks into your home and murders your daughter that you should offer up your son to the murderer as well, and if you believe something like that, you have a desperate need to study the context of Scripture because you have no understanding.
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