Maybe it was an accident, but in court I'm not sure if it would play out that way.Its not about killing its all about an accident..He didn't mean to kill him
The thief is responsible for his own death.
He was the author of this tragedy by stealing in the first place.
Your brother apparently tried to recover his money (or at least track the thief), and
was it not the thiefs' erratic driving that caused his death?
Did your brother attempt a Pitt maneuver? If so, he was trying to stop the thief, not kill him.
It is sad that a man died in his sin, but he was the author of his misfortune, nobody else.
We are each responsible for our own actions, and all the results thereof.
I don't often like to agree with Glomung, but .....................................He chased after the thief. It was not self defense. He is in sin. He should repent.
That scripture, Matthew 5:40:Maybe it's okay to chase a thief as a nonbeliever but for Christians I think Jesus said something about if your enemy takes something then give him something else also... On the road I'll post scripture later.
Lets take a look at the the whole paragraph to see what it's about:That scripture, Matthew 5:40:
If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.
...is about when we are in the wrong and those who deserve and demand to be made right want more---we ought to give it and offer more to make sure he is made right.
For someone to slap your right cheek, they will most likely use their left hand, they didn't have tp then, they used their left hand for that. It is more disrespectful to slap someone on the right cheek. By offering them your other cheek, you would give them an opportunity to show you respect, thereby showing generosity to your enemy gives you authority over them.Lets take a look at the the whole paragraph to see what it's about:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
So I don't necessarily think the focus is "when we are in the wrong" because the verse before that gives no indication that being slapped and turning the cheek has to do with deserving it, nor does the verse after that give any indication that it's because someone is at fault.
I could be wrong but I think the main point of the passage is not paying evil with evil. It actually appears that the passage is about paying evil with love. So if the man had been following this passage, I think he would of let the thief have the money.