I have a question - I'm not a Catholic but I'm asking this out of genuine interest, not to be provocative. This is something that has always puzzled me:
Jesus taught that we must love our enemies, forgive those who wrong us and turn the other cheek to those who harm us. But - how can these teachings be followed in real, everyday life? It seems to me that almost no-one truly follows them - from nations down to individuals (including devout Christians). If we did seriously live by these teachings we wouldn't have armies, police forces, courts, judges and prisons. Yet all countries have them and always have. Individuals wouldn't try to defend themselves against crime, and yet they do. Even the Pope has the Swiss Guard to protect him from attack, by force if necessary. And in the past, Popes and Bishops had armies and waged war. The Church even has a doctrine of "Just War".
So my question is - how do we put these teachings of Christ into practice? How are we really supposed to follow these principles in our lives? Does anyone really do this? It seems to me that way in which the entire world works is contrary to what Christ said about loving your enemies and turning the other cheek. And I don't see how it can be any other way, without civilisation and order completely breaking down!
I would welcome any comments anyone has, to help me get this clear in my mind.
Thanks for reading....