The duality of respect and forgiveness in Christianity raises few questions regarding the application of justice at a personal level (i.e. compromise).
On one hand, modern Christianity seems to apply by words the recommendation from the Apostle Paul “do not seek revenge but rather overcome evil with good” and “denounce evil when you meet it”. On the other hand, the advise from Jesus “turn the other cheek” seems to be a good alternative for tolerating any behaviour. So, the questions are simple: 1) is there anything in Christianity which can ensure respect and forgiveness without compromising one’s personal existence (as Nation or as an individual)?, and 2) how far should we compromise as a Christian?
The doctrine of the Christ is summarised by “love one another”; where another is any human being. As we love the Father and the Son, it becomes clearer that making the Father’s will through the Son as an individual is acting with love and respect with one another. As such, there is no dominance aspect in the doctrine of the Christ: respect is given through the act of love for another, and hence in total freedom.
On the contrary, a pagan, Muslim or Jewish perspective defines respect as a relation of dominance from an individual or community over the other. Indeed, morality is confined within the individual (at best within the principle of “non-agression”, or the community; i.e. Muslims and Jews do not owe by their God’s Law any form of respect to outsiders – Goys). Hence, the fundamental behind respect in a pagan-laic-Judaic-Muslim world is force (dominance).
Two great examples of these opposed doctrines in our secular societies are the transcription in our Laws of concepts such as islamophobia and antisemitism, which should simply be removed.
The doctrine of the Christ regarding forgiveness is clearly defined:
- A Christian should forgive sins he committed himself (John 8:1-11):4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
- A Christian should forgive his brother if the redemption is truly from the heart: 21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
- A Christian should leave the judgment to God:7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
- A Christian should not give what he has from God to people following false doctrines: 6 “Don’t give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls to pigs. Otherwise, they will trample them and then tear you to pieces.
- A Christian should turn the other cheek when he is guilty of not keeping his word (Bible retranslated by Johannes Greber): 37 But let [a]your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one… 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.
It is important to note that, in the Bible, the context is essential. Most Christians for instance ignore that “turning the other cheek” is within the context of keeping one’s word (but let your word be “yes, yes”, or “no, no”, for what you will add comes from the evil – i.e. a promise is either yes or no, don’t start making false excuses).
Put simply, Jesus was not a happy fool walking around and recommending to everyone to open the gates to the invaders while presenting one’s throat to be slit. Rather, he advised a very rational approach which is to:
- Make sure you keep (respect) your word
- Always try to solve your issue at individual level
- Repay your fault to others
- Forgive to others as you want to be forgiven
- Do not judge in place of God if you do not want to be judged the same manner
Quite on the contrary, Muslims, pagans and Jews do not have such universal rules, and apply (primarily/solely) their ethics towards their own community. This means that forgiveness for outsiders is synonym of “vengeance“. This is why Africans want repayment for colonies, Muslims for crusades and Jews for the Holocaust. The truth in fact does not even matter since the primary goal is the spoliation of other communities.
Compromising as a Christian
In accordance with the principles of the Christ and the Apostles, Christians behave politely with everyone. The line between “politeness” and “compromise” is nonetheless blur for most Christians as the modern translation of “turn the other cheek” is basically “let anyone step on you”. This being said, the translation from Johannes Greber, and the life of Christ show us that this interpretation is wrong. Indeed, Jesus told very clearly “not to be shy of him”, “to follow his words as an act of love”, and confronted evil every single time he met it. Example:
John 8:44 ESV
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
In fact, Christ absolutely NEVER let anyone step on him. Rather, he endured persecution with courage, while he kept is word at all time and at all cost (consistency). He always spoke the truth, and defied evil wherever he met it. The Apostle Paul did exactly the same.
Christ showed us that we ought to denounce evil wherever we see it and endure persecution with courage, patience, hope and love for another, because eternal life is in any case only with him.
As such, the act of respect is simply to love another and not to sin against him (or make him sin). The act of forgiveness is to give mercy to someone requesting it. Any Christian has, not the right, but the duty to say “no” to evil. Indeed, Christ showed that there is absolutely no compromise to have with ANYONE on an amount of “acceptable level of evil”.
On the contrary, Muslims, Jews and pagans find acceptable to sin against others. Hence, the acceptable level of evil is “whatever is necessary for the community”.