"When the Bible says ‘an
eye for an eye,’ it encourages us to take the
law in our own hands by avenging wrongdoing."
Matthew 5:38 is so often
misquoted by the world. Many believe it is giving a
license to take matters into our own hands and render
evil for evil. In reality, it is referring to civil
law concerning restitution. If someone steals your ox,
he is to restore the ox. If someone steals and wrecks
your car, he is to buy you another one...a car for a
car, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The spirit
of what Jesus is saying here is radically different
from the "sue the shirt off the back of your neighbor"
society in which we live.