I began thinking about this when someone on this forum was chastised for lying to make a point in an argument. Here are some questions:
Is lying permissible to protect someone from harm, ridicule, embarrassment, etc.?
Is there ever a time in which anger is ok? Righteous anger over an injustice? I even know some people who only respond to anger and vulgarity. Knowing this, I have used anger and vulgar language to lead them out of stupidity.
About vulgar language… This is kind of weird, so please let me explain. I am of Mexican descent, and one of our unique language traits is something called a carino, which translates directly as “an affection.” A carino is a word or phrase to show affection for someone, like “dear” or “sweety.” Well, that’s not unique, right? However, for whatever reason, Mexicans often use words that would be translated in English as being vulgar . Their vulgarity is never recognized and no one ever takes offense, and when it’s said, it’s usually accompanied by a tone and pitch of voice as a parent would have when showing affection to a baby. So, what do you think? Is it wrong? It’s part of Mexican culture, and I don’t think it could ever be changed.
How about violence? In self-defense, I think violence can be permissible. But what if you’re trying to deter someone from doing something awful and you know there is no other thing to stop them at such a short notice? For instance, what about a drunken friend who is about to harm someone?
I could probably come up with many more, but you get the idea. Jesus, I think, didn’t always follow the rules. He did “work” on the Sabbath and was “chastised” for it, and many more examples like this.
What do you think?