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Angus86 Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 06:04 PM
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52. I do agree with your interpretation
The way I've come to understand that passage in Matthew 26 is that Jesus was referring to the initial blow struck by his disciple, saying that those who initiate violent action will be met with violence in return. This squares up with his earlier statements to his disciples that they should arm themselves, presumably for self-defense. However, it turns out that the first blow is struck by one of his own disciples, causing Jesus to rebuke him for his actions.

The right to defend oneself against violent action is the cornerstone of modern self-defense law. The states have legislated this right to varying degrees, but all follow the basic premise that individuals have the right to defend themselves from violent actions.
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