A few believers in this forum have asked that we focus our attention on the issues of justice and the role of the court in punishing evil-doers, but that directs the readers' focus away from my main point, which deals with Matthew's claim that Jesus said that we should DO GOOD to those who harm us. Here is the relevant verse:
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, DO GOOD to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:38-44)
This statement has NOTHING to do with false witness, or the role of the courts; it has only to do with how one should react when an evil-doer does you harm. Matthew claims that Jesus said we should not only not retaliate against him, but we should be NICE to him. This teaching is at complete odds with the teaching found in 2 Samuel, where we find the Lord approving of David slaughtering his enemies:
David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies...I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies..It is God who arms me with strength "I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes. (2 Samuel 22: 1-41)
This is an obvious contradiction, and, as I said before, either the author of 2 Samuel was wrong about what God allowed David to do, or else Matthew was wrong about what Jesus said.
Edited by - JosephAlward on 12 October 2002 1:52:14