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Self Defense and killing

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April 1, 2020

With the talk of SHTF in our current climate, I wanted to tackle something.

I’m very pro 2A, but it just dawned on me recently, am I actually allowed to take a persons life in self defense, or battle, and still be able to be considered born again and saved by God? Self defense can be subjective, such as perimeter shooting to defend your house perceiving a threat (when that offender may be unarmed), or being woken up to someone in your room with a visible weapon pointed at you and/or loved ones. My mindset on self defense killing before I decided to accept Christ into my life was always shoot to kill and ask questions later.

Now, I am interpreting that it is OK to defend, but we are still not supposed to kill. I appreciate any guidance from anyone on this who has some good wisdom on this.

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Title Self Defense and killing
Author abbolutelythewootley
Upvotes 3
Comments 6
Date 01 April 2020 01:23 PM UTC (11 months ago)
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[–]rocknrollchuck4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

The Bible never forbids self-defense, and believers are allowed to defend themselves and their families. But the fact that we are permitted to defend ourselves does not necessarily mean we must do so in every situation. The proper use of self-defense has to do with wisdom, understanding, and tact.

[–]redwall920 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I always tactfully press with my trigger finger.

[–]DoersOfTheWord2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

If someone breaks into your house, you would call the cops and expect them to use force to safeguard your family. So, you believe it's OK to use force to safeguard your family.

Now, cutout the middleman.

[–]OrlandoTheAxe1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'll add the popular adage, "When seconds count the police are only minutes away."

[–]coachdad83 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Military has addressed this for centuries - there's a difference between killing and murder. Tons of resources explaining the Biblical foundation via Gooogle.

[–]UpTanks0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

A lot of Christians are misguided on this topic these days, and it's much to do with the same issue we talk a lot about on RPC. Christianity has become very toothless and just soft in general. We often walk on eggshells when it comes to controversial subjects or tough things like killing.

The dominant religion of the US Military is Christianity, the same goes for the ADF and I'd safely guess most other western armies as well. Just War Theory is very Christian in its foundation (despite what my atheist professor would say) and the same goes for the very concept of human rights. I'd encourage you to read into this stuff, it will very much put you at ease.

(Mere Christianity talks about this briefly but I'm sure there are other books).

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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