Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on
the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
And since when does this have to do anything with the idea of defending yourself?
Are you REALLY trying to say that if someone comes and cuts your mothers head of, rapes your sister, sticks your father on a stake, and the proceeds to cut your head off with a very blunt knife you are going to let him do it?
I mean, if you are so good how come you keep answering these posts, why don't you let me, being evil, win?
Why do you have to continue to present your case?
Why DON'T YOU TURN THE OTHER CHEEK?
Or is this oppinion of yours purely academic, and you just say so because you like saying cute things?
When our Lord and St. Paul said those things, according to the teaching of the Church, though which we understand what is given to us (Apostolic Tradition, being written or said), they did not mean passive standing whilst we are being attacked.
Christians HAVE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES,
we have a right to support the State that Defend us.
We have a right to go to war to defend our homes.
In doing so we can not be worse and we have to still pray for those who hate us (as we have always done so).
True Christian will certainly defend himself, never by lying but by stating the truth.
True Christian will support his country, as long as this country is not against God.
True Christian will defend his family.
True Christian will defend himself.
The words you have quoted are are nothing to do with our job of protecting our faith and our family, friends or country.
You can not be a sectarian (unless you ARE a sectarian or a heretic or a schismatic) and use the Scripture as a sectarian.
The Scripture is given by the Church, through the Church, for the Church and in the Church.
And only as it is given, we can understand it as the Church HAS ALWAYS understood it, as it was understood BY ALL and EVERYWHERE.
This is catholicity of oppinion of a believer, to understand the faith as understood ACCORDING TO THE WHOLE.
Only sectarians (heretics, schismatics) take one verse and hang on it all of their views. Do not forget, all of the heretics and heterodox use the very same Scripture to support their heresy and heterodoxy.
So, yes turn the other cheek, do not make things worse because of your pride and your arrogance or hate.
Feed the ones that hate you, give them shelter, food.. pray for them, bandage their wounds... love them: but this DOES NOT MEAN stand there with your head tilted to the side so they can slap you other cheek when they are finished cutting your head off!.
ONLY in Church we can fully understand what is being said.
Our Lord did not come to bring peace but war, and it will just get worse...
Of course, if you are a sectarian, say so...