Such dictum would restore the balance. That’s all. Yet, Moses proclaimed an eye for an eye. Mohammad, in his Koran, repeated the words from the “book”, advocating the same remedy for restoring equilibrium—yet, realizing the overt lack of progress resulting from such an equation, both he and Moses had more to say on the subject. They stated that while an eye for an eye will restore the previous condition it would not advance the practitioner of such policy on the road to “salvation”. On his/her evolutionary journey. For that to happen, a different course must be taken.
In Al-Shura Chapter 42: Verse 40, the Koran states that: "And the recompense of an injury is an injury the like thereof; but whoso forgives and his act brings about reformation, his reward is with Allah.
Yeshûa stated it more simply, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” No legal system in the world ever followed this admonition, nor taken his advise.
But most of all, Yeshûa said that we ought to love our enemies. It stands to reason that if we love someone, they NO LONGER ARE our enemies. Imagine… a world without enemies!
What would Pentagon do? Become obsolete?
Moses did not offer the “eye for an eye” affirmation to force you to blind somebody, but to LIMIT your retribution. An eye for an eye and not a shred more. Nor a penny. Nor a farthing. Of course if you were to judge unjustly, exceeding a “just” or karmic recompense, you’d condemn yourself to suffer the punishment yourself. With interest, no doubt. And if you think you’ve gotten away with it, let me assure you that we are immortal. All of us.
And if you find none of this convincing, you might take heed of Mohandas Gandhi’s pragmatic observation:
“An eye for an eye only ends up making
the whole world blind.”
An atom bomb for an atom bomb…?
Yet this is the world we all live in today. We not only expect to impose revenge on our perceived enemy, but we tend to do so vastly exceeding Mosaic limitation. Yet we call ourselves Christians; or Muslim, or Jews, for that matter.
It seem that none are so blind as those who still have eyes yet cannot see.
Such observations led me to try and visualize a different reality; to attempt to create a different world, a different environment for my becoming. I read hundreds of books, spent a few years in contemplation, and came up with a few ideas. I put them together in a book I called Visualization. I hope it might help most of us create our own world. After all, we are encouraged to be in this world but not of this world, so why not make our own?
I did. Perhaps you can, too.
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