The last barrier to my joining the Church (baptism is on Easter Vigil) is non-resistance to evil by force and if it is allowed or not allowed, it opens up many related issues for me but for this thread I only need this answer: can I live by this principle always as a Catholic or is there any situation where it would be a sin for me to not violate it?
It is based off of a certain reading of the command given in Matthew 5:38-42, which is interpreted as “Never resist evil by violence; never return violence for violence. If anyone strikes you, bear it; if anyone takes away what is yours, let him have it; if anyone makes you labor, do so; if anyone wants to have what you consider to be your own, give it up to him,” (from What I Believe by Leo Tolstoy). Whether this way of viewing it is correct or incorrect I am not interested in, yes I am aware of the “context,” the meanings given to it by some of the Fathers, later commentators, etc. I strive to live by this and the other five commands given in this chapter, and will continue to do so.
The reason why some Catholics have told me I will not be allowed to do this (others have said that I am allowed, and can view it this way, and live fine by it without sin) is because obviously it forbids self-defense, working for or in governments, calling the police, condemning on juries, voting, and all manner of violent things (including violent/injurious defense of others). Some say I can live like this, others say I can’t.
Am I bound to live differently at any point in my life under pain of sin, or can I enter without worrying about this?
Thank you for answering.