Sunday, April 16, 2006

Jesus, Gandhi and Nonviolence

"Gandhi was probably the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force on a large scale." Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have never been considered much of a reader of the bible or one to quote from it, butI wonted to show that even Jesus was very much believed in nonviolence. Gandhi has knew that what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount works. Loving one's enemy can be applied to the town square and to the battlefield

"As you know, we were once told, 'An eye for an eye' and 'A tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you: Don't react violently against the one who is evil: when someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other as well. If someone is determined to sue you for your shirt, let that person have your coat along with it. Further, when anyone conscripts you for one mile, go along an extra mile. Give to the one who begs from you; and don't turn away the one who tries to borrow from you. Matt. 5:48-43

"As you know, we were once told, 'You are to love your neighbor' and 'You are to hate your enemy.' But to you who listen I say, love your enemies, do favors for those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for your abusers. You'll then become children of your Father in the heavens. causes the sun to rise on both the bad and the good, and sends rain on both the just and the unjust. Luke 6:27,28

"Treat people the way you want them to treat you.”

"If you love those who love you, what merit is there in that? After all, even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what merit is there in that? After all, even sinners do as much. If you lend to those from whom you hope to gain, what merit is there in that? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to get as much in return. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you'll be children of the Most High. As you know, the Most High is generous to the ungrateful and the wicked. Matt. 5:45

"Be as compassionate as your Father is. Don't pass judgment, and you won't be judged; don't condemn, and you won't be condemned; forgive, and you'll be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: they'll put in your lap a full measure, packed down, sifted and overflowing. For the standard you apply will be the standard applied to you." Luke 6:31-38

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