What did Jesus Teach? "Unto him that smiteh thee on the cheek offer also the other"

WHAT DID JESUS TEACH?
Are you poor in spirit, and are you smitten; in such case what did Jesus teach? - "Unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other." Surely better to teach that "who courts oppression shares the crime"; and if smitten once to take careful measure to prevent a future smitting. Jesus teaches actual invitation of injury. Shelley breathed higher humanity:
  " Stand ye calm and resolute,
     Like a forest close and mute,
     With folded arms, and looks which are
     Weapons of an unvanquished war."
There is a wide distinction between passive resistance to wrong, and courting further injury at the hands of the wrongdoer.
In the teaching of Jesus, poverty of spirit is enforced to the fullest conceivable extent: "Him that taketh away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again".
Poverty of person is the only possible sequence to this extraordinary manifestation of poverty of spirit. Poverty of person is attended with many unpleasentness; and Jesus who knew that poverty would result from his teaching, says, as if he wished to keep the poor content through their lives with poverty, "Blessed you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. But woe unto you that are rich, for ye have received your consolation." He pictures one in hell, whose only related vice is that in life he was rich; and another in heaven whose only related virtue is that in life he was poor.        He affirms it is more difficult for a rich man to get into heaven, than for a camel to go trough the eye of a needle.
The only intent of such teaching could be to induce the poor to remain content in this life with the want and misery of their wretched state in the hope of higher recompense in some future life. Is it good to be content with poverty? Is it not far better to investigate the causes of poverty, with a view to its cure and prevention? The doctrine is most horrid which declares that the poor shall not cease from the face of the earth.Poor in spirit and poor in pocket, with no courage to work for food, or money to purchase it, we might well expect to find the man with empty stomach also who held these doctrines; and what does Jesus teach?
                                           "Blessed are ye that hunger now, for you shall be filled.


He does not say when the filling shall take place. The date is evidently postponed until men will have no stomach to replenish. It is not in this life that the hunger is to be sated.
Woe unto you that are full, for ye shall hunger" It would but little advantage the hungry man to bless him by filling him, if a curse awaited the completition of his repast.
                    Craven in spirit, with an empty purse, and hungry mouth - what next?
From: Humanity's Gain from Unbelief - Charles Bradlaugh

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