An Eye for An Eye?

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

This quote alleged to have come from the Mahatma Gandhi may or may not have been spoken by him directly. The fact of the matter is, the Mahatma was a student of religion. At some point in his life he had read the Bible and was impressed particularly with the sermon on the mound.

In Matthew 5: 38, 39, Gandhi read: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Interestingly enough, in the Quran chapter known as “the Table” 5: 45 we read: “In the Torah We decreed upon them a life for life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for tooth, and retaliation for wounds. Whosoever freely forgoes this right, it shall be counted as expiation for him. Whoso judges not in accordance with what God revealed, these are wrongdoers.”

In the Old Testament, we find similar words in Exodus 21:23-25 “And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

Gandhi was not the only one who understood the implications of fanatically adhering to the Mosaic law. Muhammad the prophet was also aware of the evil that could come from practicing the letter of the Mosaic law, and not the spirit.

Forgiveness and mercy are higher laws these three men, ( Jesus, Muhammad and Gandhi) believed in and taught those who would listen.

Many of the ills today between nations and people are because we have degraded higher laws in favor of a more primitive and baser way of life.

When a person studies Scripture, and it doesn’t matter who’s Scripture, enlightenment ensues. That is assuming of course that the student is not a fanatic and is sincere in their desire for understanding.

We as people have a choice to make:

1) Do we evolve our way of thinking? By this I mean look to higher laws and respect we are different but have unifying principles and teachings that have been passed down to us by holy men. Or

2) Do we regress as society into a more primitive form of mankind?

Eventually humanity will separate into two camps. It is a pattern repeated throughout history, and always leads to destruction.

In the upcoming conflict, though primitive forces will make great headway in the beginning, ultimately they will become divided as fanatical leaders vie for dominance.

Those who choose a higher way of life, will understand that unity of purpose allows for differences between peoples, much as a hand or foot are part of the same body each having its own function and uses.