Mis-edification: An Eye For an Eye – has context, is not about revenge and is not automatic, let’s read…
If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime, the two people involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the Lord before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite, then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you. The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot (Deuteronomy 19:16-21)
The objective for the “eye for an eye” law, is to remove the evil of false witness from among the people. This is the counter balance to the commandment – do not bear false witness.
Today, anyone in any culture and religion can bring a claim and if the claim is found to be false, they walk away scot free; however the falsely accused would potentially have their lives destroyed by the accusation.
God has thought of everything. He’s awesome!!!