Monday, December 21, 2015

Self-Defense

Statement on Force and Self-Defense

I strongly believe in the unalienable right of self-defense, including the defense of others. It is a biblical concept, which can be proved with numerous passages from both the Old and New Testaments. (see footnotes 1, 2, 3, 4)

I strongly support the Second Amendment. We have the right to possess the tools of self-defense, including guns and knives. (see footnotes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)   

I reject retaliation, revenge, and vengeance, because God's Word makes it clear that such belongs to the Lord, not man. (see footnotes 1, 6)

I reject unwise and inappropriate use of force in self-defense. This includes being too quick to anger, and lacking self-control. Defensive force should only be used as a last resort. "Employing potentially lethal force out of anger, hatred, jealously, or revenge is always wrong and is condemned by Scripture." (see footnote 7)

I reject unprovoked aggression (the initiation of force without just cause). Aggression (force) is necessary, and ethical, in some circumstances to protect ourselves (or others) from actions or threats against our lives, freedoms, rights, or property. 

I reject the concept of absolute pacifism (the idea that force should never be used in all circumstances, even in self-defense). In fact, I consider refusing to help defend those in legitimate need, when you have the ability to do so, to be a potentially immoral and cowardly act.

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Footnotes

1) See the website Biblical Self-Defense for a lengthy examination of dozens of Old and New Testament passages on self-defense.

2) See my article Jesus, Self-Defense, and the Pajama Boy for a study of Luke 22 in relation to self-defense.

3) Two books on the subject of biblical self-defense that may be of interest are Stand Your Ground: The Biblical Foundation For Self-Defense, by Steve Jones, and A Time to Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, by Greg Hopkins.

4) The article The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment, by Richard W. Stevens, contains an examination of self-defense within a Judeo-Christian framework.

5) See The Bill of Rights, particularly the Second Amendment, and parts of my article Fight Back! -- Defending the Second Amendment.

6) See this page of the Knowing Jesus website for 34 verses on retaliation, revenge, and vengeance belonging to the Lord, not people.

7) Quote is from The Biblical View of Self-Defense, on the Biblical Self-Defense website.

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