Kestrel wrote:If the bible declares that loving one's enemy's is preferred over the carnal response, then I test it.
I practiced it so much that I no longer view anyone as an enemy.
I personally can attest, that it is a far and more fair way for me to live. The benefits not only effect myself,but some who I did consider my enemy, and they mine, and no longer are.
I've never been a soldier and I've never seen combat so I really don't know what it's like to have enemies. Having enemies seems quite pointless, and easy enough to avoid unless you're a member of some sort of tribe. I suppose it's al in how you view things, really.
Anyway, you're making it sound like the Bible is the only game in town where words of wisdom or words to live by are concerned. Have you not seen ideas like loving one's enemy expressed anywhere else?