According to Raw Story Trump’s favorite verse is not Christian. As if, the Old Testament is not part of the canon that Jesus said, he did not come to abolish. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17). You will notice the world will always leave out context. Not sure whether or not its malicious or ignorance, either way it is irresponsible.
Excerpt from Rawstory:
“Well, I think many. I mean, when we get into the Bible, I think many, so many. And some people, look, an eye for an eye, you can almost say that. That’s not a particularly nice thing. But you know, if you look at what’s happening to our country, I mean, when you see what’s going on with our country, how people are taking advantage of us … we have to be firm and have to be very strong. And we can learn a lot from the Bible, that I can tell you.”
Unfortunately, an “eye for an eye” is one of the few Mosaic Law verses that Jesus singled out in the Sermon on the Mount as overcome, by the New Covenant that His death and resurrection would seal.
“You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other,” Jesus says in the famous sermon Matthew 5. Read more
I suppose as President of the United States and leader of civil authority Jesus would sanction the release of murderers, rapist, child abusers, and thieves for turning the other cheek? No! There is a difference between civil authority and personal authority for which Jesus was speaking. Jesus was not a political official and when he was, as described in the Old Testament those where his laws to govern mankind. Let’s not confuse the words of Jesus.
Jesus is the God man of multiple roles. Don’t confuse them. Sinners will be judged by God and yes, he is using an eye for an eye for those who do not repent and are not washed by the blood of the lamb.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).