What do you think?

I received this comment and tried to answer it the best way I could, but it got me thinking that there are lots of people out there who could probably answer it better than myself. So, I copied my reply below. Please, feel free to add your thoughts, insights, or opinions on the subject. Thanks and God bless.

The comment was: “Evil for evil is not justified in the Bible as an eye for an eye?”

My reply was:

Good morning Rob 🙂 This is a tricky thing for me. I don’t like translating the Bible, I am not an expert or scholar 🙂 I prefer someone reading and learning what He wants them to learn and not relying on “man” to tell them what He meant.

Having said that, I will do my best to tell you what I believe on the subject, but ask that you take it for what it’s worth and not the gospel 🙂 I can justify a lot of my past “evils” and have justified them by saying well, they did it to me, an eye for an eye. I’ve done this more times than I can count, I’m quite good at it, I’ll say was quite good at it, instead of I am because I try hard NOT to be that way anymore. I fail, but I am only a fleshy human.

Now, back to the lecture at hand. Eye for an eye.

In Deuteronomy, it not only says an eye for an eye it says to not have pity on the punished, that it’s a life for a life, eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot. BUT that was for the people being punished for their errs, breaking “the law”. Those that had been before the judges, and found guilty for something they had done. I feel the key there is they had been before the judges, which at that time were to be there under God’s anointing.

The “eye for and eye’ wasn’t someone pissed me off, and I judged them, and I got them back or punished them.

Of course, since man is corruptible, hence judges are corruptible, therefore we can see there’d be a lot of “eyes for eyes” if the flesh was sitting in judgement.

That brings us to Jesus. He died for all our sins, removing us from being under “the law”. Now, There’s the fly in the ointment. If He died for all our sins, who are the judges now?

It, in my humble opinion, removes the judgement aspect. I feel God knew we wouldn’t be able to be incorruptible enough to judge ourselves, but He knew, like the children we are, we would not believe Him, and therefore we had to learn it from our own mistakes.

In the New Testament, in Matthew, it tells us, that you’ve heard an eye for an eye but if someone strikes you to turn and give them the other cheek, and all through the New Testament it tells us to not judge, pull the beam out of our eye before we pull the splinter out of our brothers eye, let he who has not sinned cast the first stone, love one another, how many times do you forgive, not 7 but 70 times 7, and Jesus said that one. You get the drift.

Sorry the reply was soooooooo long. I don’t know if this is the right answer, I don’t know if this is the right meaning. This is the meaning I get when I read His word and I know I feel so much better since I’ve started, and been able to not do evil for evil. It wasn’t easy at first but now, it is truly miraculous how easy it is and the joy and happiness it brings me.

Like I said, I suggest you read it and translate it into what He wants you to learn. God bless you brother.

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what others feel, or believe on the subject.


In the day when I cried Thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. –Psalms 138:3

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thine right hand shall save me. –Psalms 138:7

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. –Timothy 2:5-6


Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. –Joshua 1:9

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. –Psalms 136:1

Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. –2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. –2 Thessalonians 3:3

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. — 2 Thessalonians 3:5


For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. –1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. –1 Thessalonians 5:15

Rejoice evermore.–1 Thessalonians 5:16

Pray without ceasing.–1 Thessalonians 5:17

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ concerning you. –1 Thessalonians 5:18

You can’t always be on the Mountaintop…

Some days can be so easy. Everything goes my way. Everyone is nice. Everything seems to line up and just lay down at my feet.

Then there are the other days. Nothing goes right. Everyone seems rude, snappy or angry. Those days where I find my self saying, I should have stayed in bed.

Life is always full of these ups and downs, joys and pains. That’s the way life is. There would be no joy , if there wasn’t pain, no ups, if there are no downs.

You can’t always be on the mountaintop all the time.

When you climb a mountain, you have to start somewhere, right? It’s not at the top, with all the pretty views, the sense of accomplishment. Nope, you have to start at the bottom, in the valley and trek your way up. Struggling to get there. Pushing yourself not to give up.

Our journey with God, through this life, is the same way.

We start in that valley, no matter what that valley holds. We can either stay there, wallowing in the low country of our lives, or we listen to God. We grab His hand, and learn the lesson He is trying to teach us. We get out of His way, let Him get out in front of us, and pull us up that mountain.

We might make it the first time. We might fall back down. The key is always knowing that God will get us there. He’s not going to take a break, need a nap, or go to lunch.

He is always right there, holding out His hand, waiting for us.

Of course, mountaintops don’t go on forever, do they?

Once we get up there soak up that joyful air. Bask in happiness the view brings us, well, we’ve got to come back down, don’t we.

That’s ok. God is with us on the way down too. He is making sure we don’t fall too hard. He will be there to teach us the glories of His Grace. He will be there to comfort us. If we let Him.

When it’s time, in His time, He will grab our hands again, and lift us up again, and give us the strength to climb that next mountain.

So, the next time you are in that valley be happy and be thankful because without this valley, you could never get to the next mountaintop.




Then My anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? –Deuteronomy 31:17

Of the Rock that begat Thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. –Deuteronomy 32:18

To Me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. –Deuteronomy 32:35

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His holy Spirit. — 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8



The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. –Deuteronomy 29:3-4

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If Thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope. –Psalms 130:1-5


Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. –Psalms 128:4

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. –Colossians 3:2

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. –Colossians 3:15

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. –Colossians 3:17

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, and as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. –Colossians 3:23-24


Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. –Philippians 4:4

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content–Philippians 4:11

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. –Philippians 4:13

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