Self-defense is the act of
oneself or others when the threat
of bodily harm exists.
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are many people these days
that disagree with this,
but the truth is:
You do have the legal right to
protect yourself, and your family,
according to God's Law.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that
Christians can't protect themselves
or their family. We must be slow to
anger and handle all situations
If someone breaks into your house at
night and you don't know if that
intruder is armed or they are there
to rob, harm, or kill you.
In this situation you are not guilty,
according to Scripture.
If that person breaks into your house during
the day and sees you and they start to run,
if out of anger, you run after them
and shoot them, then you are guilty.
Jesus revealed to His
the future hostility they would
face and encouraged them to sell
their outer garments in order to
purchase a sword.
22:36-38, 2 Cor. 11:26-27
Here the "sword" is a "dagger or short
sword that belonged to the Jewish
traveler's equipment as protection
against robbers and wild animals."
It is perfectly clear from this passage
that Jesus approved of self-defense.
Never fight angry:
Nothing gets solved when we
Doing anything out of anger will most
probably result in regrets.
* Vengeance belongs to God.
32:35; Proverbs 20:22 )
We are not to avenge ourselves.
If we see someone who needs our
help during the commission of a
crime, we have a God-given
right and duty to intervene.
If however, the crime has been
committed (past tense), we have no
God-given right or duty to go and execute
judgment upon the perpetrator.
God will avenge. God will judge.
Self-defense may actually
one of the greatest examples of
Jesus said, "Greater love has no one
than this, that he lay down his life for
protecting your family or
neighbor, a Christian is unselfishly
risking his or her life for the sake
If someone wants to live by
sword, they will die by the sword,
as Jesus says.
In other words, he who uses
the sword for improper purposes
will die by it.
It was improper for Peter to have
used it in that situation.
A criminal or a tyrant who uses the
sword improperly will rightly die by it.
But the use of the sword in a proper
fashion, to defend one’s person or
one’s family or one’s country, is not
condemned by Scripture, rather
Scripture upholds it.
* This Scripture deals with rape.
Notice that verse 27 ends with
the words “but there was no one to
What is the implication of such a
The implication is that had someone
been around to hear her cry out,
they had a moral duty to intervene
and protect her from being raped.
To stand by would be immoral.
We have a God-given right to defend
not only ourselves, but also others.
'In His economy, God instituted an armed
not a standing army, in order to deal with the
affairs of war regarding Israel. This is what the
Founding Fathers of America envisioned for
Many people kill intruders out of anger and lie
about it. Many people are in jail for pursuing
and killing the intruders. Sometimes the best
thing to do is get out if you can and call 911.
God says "Don't repay evil for evil".
someone is armed or tries to
attack you, then that's a
You have the right to protect
yourself and your household.
Being armed and willing to defend ourselves,
our family, and our neighbors is not being
unchristian or even unloving. Self-defense
can go a long way to protect the innocent from
people who are intent on murder for
The story of David and Goliath is
helpful since “five smooth stones”
and a “sling” are the closest
equivalent to a gun you can find
in the Bible.
David seems to have been armed
with his sling at all times.
There was no way he could run home
to get his sling when a lion or a bear
was about to attack his
- 1 Samuel 17:31-37, 41-54
'If a thief is caught
in the act of
breaking into a house and is stuck
and killed in the process, the
person who killed the thief is not
guilty of murder.'
Someone posing a threat to you is different
from someone that is not.
If someone punches you in the face,
as a Christian, you should walk away
and don't retaliate. Now it's one thing if
someone punches you once then leaves
you alone, but it's different if someone is
chasing after you in attack mode and
tries to harm you.
This is a situation
where you have
to defend yourself.
If you can run, then run, but if you
can't and someone poses a threat,
you do what you have to do.
It is perfectly fine for Christians to
own firearms, do martial arts, or boxing,
but remember, never retaliate and
always be wise.
Only defend when you have to.
Even though it is hard, do not
revenge, let God handle it.
only time that you should ever
use deadly force, is when you and / or
your family's life is threatened.
Every day, put your full trust in God,
and if you own a firearm, ask
wisdom in all situations.
"Self-defense is not only our
right; it is our duty."
- Ronald Reagan
martial arts for many
reasons, sometimes all the wrong
For example, I have had potential
students come to my dojo with a
belligerent and cocky attitude.
When I ask why they want to study
my art, their response has indicated
to me that their goal is to learn
to fight, which is the antithesis
of the philosophy I hope
want them to know how to defend
themselves if necessary, but to avoid
fighting whenever possible because they
will have nothing to prove by
- Chuck Norris
When a strong man, fully armed,
'Then He said to
them, "But now,
guards his own palace, his
goods are in peace.'
he who has a money bag, let him take it, and
likewise a knapsack; and he who has no
sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.'
'Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who
trains my hands for war, and my fingers
* "Arms in
the hands of individual
citizens may be used at individual
discretion for the defense of the country,
the over throw of tyranny, or in
private self - defense."
"Don't hit at all if it is
to avoid hitting; but never hit softly."
"Our nation was built and civilized by
and women who used guns in self-defense
and in pursuit of peace."
- Ronald Reagan
free man shall ever be debarred
the use of arms."
- Thomas Jefferson
right of the people to keep and bear
arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated
militia, composed of the body of the people,
trained to arms, is the best and most natural
defense of a free country."
* "The Constitution shall never be construed
to prevent the people of the United States
who are peaceable citizens from
keeping their own arms."
Ratifying Convention, 1788
“Courage is not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.”
– Nelson Mandela
“It’s not about being better than the
It’s about being better than you
- Author Unknown
"Never let your fear decide your future."
- Author Unknown
'It's ok to lose to opponent. It's never okay
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to lose to fear."
- Mr. Miyagi (Karate Kid Trilogy)