4) Jesus Believed in the Non-Aggression Principle
The Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) is an ethical stance asserting that “aggression” is inherently illegitimate. “Aggression” is defined as the “initiation” of physical force against persons or property, the threat of such, or fraud upon persons or their property. In contrast to pacifism, the non-aggression principle does not preclude self-defense. Violation of the principle by another becomes the ethical license, then, for violent force in response. Authoritarians and tyrants do not believe in the NAP (they violate it at will for whatever purpose or whim they desire). Many believe this is the bedrock philosophical principle of libertarianism (the philosophy of government emphasizing maximal freedom).
Jesus believed that the great commandments of the Law were to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Consequently, He taught what has come to be known as “the Golden Rule,” in Matthew 7:12.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
I do not want people to violently attack me, steal or destroy my property, or anything else of the sort. Do you know what Jesus would tell me? Don’t do those things to them. Unfortunately, sometimes others do violate the NAP. If that happens, refer to number 5.