I’ve been missing in action the last few days due to being under the weather with a cold. I figured it was time to update my blog and answer a few comments I’ve received thus far, though, so I’m here briefly before I head back to bed for the night.
In doing a lot of reading in the bible on this topic, I’ve explored other blogging sites at length, some forums, and have read so many personal takes on where we should stand as Christians on self-defense. I feel that I have finally arrived at something I can live with; this makes me feel more relaxed and ready about whatever may come my way in the future…
As long as I know I am in the will of God, I can stand strong no matter what the circumstances are. If I feel that my behavior is pleasing to God, I can rest and be at peace in most moments within my life.
I think that finding out about how we should feel on a variety of issues facing us today is imperative if we want peace of mind as a Christian. Christianity is a part of every aspect of my life. God’s take on things counts. I want to be in God’s will because I have learned to trust and rely on His will, not my own.
Being passive as a Christian or resorting to necessary self-defense demands that I take the time to properly study and learn what the bible says in the OT and the NT and thus learn what God and Christ want from me in this area.
I hope that some of the sources I’ve gathered below will help you decide what you believe as we go forward and think about how else to prepare ourselves for uncertain American and global situations ahead. See you as soon as I’m feeling better!
“Not only are we to take care of our bodies and the life contained. We have an obligation to preserve the body and life of other people. Psalm 82:4 even cites an obligation to protect those who are in danger.”
Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
“We learn more about God’s view of bloodshed from David. David is a man who loved God and who was loved by God. God raised him up to defend Israel. God sent David to physically fight to defend Israel. When David killed Goliath and Philistines in battles, it was at God’s command. They were righteous killings. Now, with that understanding, let’s look at a few passages.”
1 Chronicles 28:3 “But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.‘
1 Chronicles 22:8 But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
“David wants to build a house for the Lord. This is a good desire. But God says, “David, you are disqualified from doing this.” Why? Not because of the murder of Uriah. Not because of his adultery with Bathsheba. It is because of the wars, and because David had “shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.” David had killed men in the sight of God, and that disqualified him from this spiritual service. But wasn’t David obeying God in engaging in these wars? Yes. Did David sin in shedding this blood? No. But shedding blood is so significant to God that David was unfit for certain “ministries.” Killing someone is not a light thing. Our culture casually depicts killing. In television, movies, and video games, killing, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate killing, is portrayed with such a frequency that most people are relatively desensitized to it.
Here is the bottom line: Shedding blood, taking the life of another, is a big deal. Your life is forfeit if you wrongfully take the life of another. Even if you take life in a permitted manner, it is serious enough that it can disqualify you from certain types of spiritual service. Even if you are the “good guy”, you are “marked” in the eyes of God. I didn’t say you are guilty. I am merely showing that God viewed Godly David differently because David had killed men (though righteously).
Bloodshed must have the same significance to us. It is never a light thing, even if you are in the right, even if you do it righteously.”
In the New Testament we have such passages as Luke 22:36, which says: ” Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it,and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one“. Our Lord encouraged His disciples to get protection for use in self-defense. Elsewhere in the NT we have Paul saying that one must take care of his own family (1 Tim. 5:18) and, as I said on the main page, this also implies defending them as well. The New Testament does not contradict the Old Testament instruction on self-defense by saying “turn the other cheek”.
Another excellent site to read through several wonderful, imformative articles is corneredcat.com. I’ve linked the reader here to several of the articles cornered cat has written that were helpful to me and I hope will be helpful to you. I find that her views are closest to my own as a practicing Christian. I hope they clarify a lot for you on this complex topic. Cornered Cat describes her perspective of her site below:
“This site is about women and guns, not about cats. But in a way, it’s about the cornered cat in all of us. It’s about the determination to get away from an attacker if you need to. It’s about making the decision to say, “Not me. Not mine. Not today.” And it’s about the tools to make that decision stick.
If you have to fight, fight like a cornered cat…”
There are some other links that I found to be informative and helpful that discussed scripture relative to this issue of preparing the Christian to use a firearm for self defense. The biblical take on it is presented.
Here is one more reference that I found enlightening and helpful that also discuss self defense as it relates to the bible. This one is really well done:
- The Prepared Christian (lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com)
- killing vs. murder what the Bible really says (rambosbikerministry.wordpress.com)