What Does the Bible Say About Self-Defense?
The sixth commandment prohibits unjustly killing an innocent person. However, this does not preclude self-defense. The sixth commandment was written after a specific law about killing a home invader was given. Therefore, the commandment does not prohibit self-defense if the attacker is a legitimate threat.
Jesus endorsed self-defense
You’ve probably noticed that Jesus endorsed self-defense if you’ve read the gospels. In one instance, he told his disciples to sell their valuable garments to buy a sword. However, it is not so devastating to lose an outer garment as it is to lose one’s life. Therefore, self-defense is much more important than clothing.
If you’re concerned about a violent robbery in your neighborhood, Jesus’ teachings on self-defense can be a good guide. In the good Samaritan parable, Jesus warned against violent robbery and told his disciples to equip themselves with a sword. However, Jesus also warned his followers not to take the sword, saying that those who take it will perish. Nevertheless, Jesus endorsed self-defense for a reason: it is a right granted by God.
The disciples understood that Jesus endorsed self-defense, but they misinterpreted his instructions about using swords. In Luke’s Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus, “shall we use the sword?” when they feared that Jesus would be arrested. Regardless of the source, the disciples understood that Jesus’ earlier rebuke had endorsed self-defense.
The author of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ last supper does not endorse self-defense in the context of self-defense, but he does support the armed defense. In addition to the words of Jesus, this article cites a number of biblical texts that support the practice of armed self-defense.
Jesus’ nonresistance during the Passion
The unique nonresistance of Jesus during the Passion is inextricably bound up with His calling. He did not resist arrest because it was God’s will. Instead, he was fulfilling His prophetic role as the redemptive Lamb of God. Yet, the nonresistance of Christ during the Passion is not blasphemy against self-protection.
Aside from Jesus, other saints, such as St. Simeon, have practiced nonresistance. This Syrian man climbed a small pillar for 37 years and became an icon of the faith. While his nonresistance is controversial, it is powerful.
Christian pacifist John Yoder believes that Jesus modeled radical nonresistance in the world by rejecting the political state he witnessed. He taught nonviolence, including turning the other cheek when faced with violence. Nonresistance in the world is a means to a victorious life.
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus heals numerous people. He then enters a home where he gets some alone time. When he does, a woman from Syrophoenicia realizes that Jesus is there and begs him to remove demons from her daughter.
Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor as yourself
In this article, I will discuss the conflict between Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor as yourself and the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Both commandments are based on the principle of love. In the Bible, the first commandment is to love God and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. However, it is important to note that these two commandments are unequal. It is possible to violate one or the other.
Many people will argue that using physical force to defend yourself is contrary to the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. While this is a valid objection, it’s worth noting that the Christian church has never explicitly condemned self-defense. While it is always prudent to follow the law, Christians should always use self-defense with caution. The New Testament’s command to love your neighbor as yourself also applies to self-defense.
While Jesus did not explicitly address self-defense in the Bible, he did support it as a valid means of self-defense. The commandment to love your neighbor as yourself has broad spiritual implications and is not limited to self-defense. Self-defense should be a last resort.
The commandment to love your neighbor is a powerful command that must be obeyed. If we fail to do this, we will become victims of violence. This commandment is the best way to protect ourselves and others. When we choose to use a sword in self-defense, we must use it correctly.
Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek.
The command to turn the other cheek has been interpreted in various ways. In the past, it was commonly used as a justification for violence. For example, a pastor might counsel a wife to change her behavior in a home where her husband abuses her or to flee the marriage. But in the mainstream Christian church, Christians rarely counsel abused women to turn the other cheek. In their eyes, too many women would pay for their husbands’ violent behavior.
Although the Bible interprets this command as a metaphor, some Christians interpret it as not to respond to violence with aggression. In other words, they should turn the other cheek if a perpetrator slaps them. Others interpret it as advocating nonresistance and pacifism.
However, it’s important to note that Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek in the Bible does not prohibit self-defense. Christian leaders are generally consistent on this point, except for the early church. Therefore, self-defense is a legitimate means of defending yourself or your family.
While it is difficult to completely avoid using force when faced with violent behavior, Christians should remember that the command to turn the other cheek is not a prohibition on violence. It encourages Christians to bring God’s kingdom to earth by bringing peace. As such, they should strive to create peace wherever they go.
Jesus’ command to love your enemy.
Jesus gives several examples of how to love your enemy. These examples are in the present tense, indicating that he is teaching a principle far beyond self-defense. One example is the slap on the cheek given to a Christian heretic in a synagogue.
Another example is the command to love your enemy with no ulterior motive. The command is echoed by the apostle Peter, who underwent persecution by the maniac Nero. The early Christians also practiced this practice, including Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Origen. Some debates over this issue can be found online.
This teaching is repeated three times, beginning in verse 27 and concluding in verse 31. These three instances all illustrate a key point of Jesus’ command to love your enemy. In addition, Jesus gives a promise to those who obey his command. He says that those who love others will be loved in return.
The first command of Jesus to love your enemy has a lot in common with other Old Testament sayings. For example, the law says that one should love one’s neighbor as himself, but a neighbor in the Old Testament was someone who believed in the same religion as one’s own. That is why we can see similarities between Jesus’ command to love our enemy and the law of Qumran. Despite this, it is important to note that the command to love your enemy in self-defense does not imply that we should treat our enemies like ourselves, but rather should seek to treat them with more kindness.
Another reason to love your enemy in self-defense is the fact that Jesus never fought back. As the Apostles did not engage in violent self-defense, they never used violence. In fact, the apostles never used force, and Jesus described non-violent resistance as part of the gospel spreading.
Jesus’ command to love your property.
Jesus’ command to love your property in self-defense is a principle that supports the right to self-defense. He tells us that a good and strong man will watch out for his property and not allow it to be broken into. However, this is not to say that violence is inappropriate in self-defense. There are cases in which violence is reasonable and even justified in certain circumstances. Here are some scenarios where violence may be justified.
First of all, we need to understand the context. In the text, Jesus mentioned a sword. He could be saying that a sword is a good and sufficient weapon. However, it is doubtful that Jesus meant for all of the disciples to use swords in the same situation. Besides, Jesus had eleven disciples, and only two swords would not be enough.
Next, Jesus used hyperbolic language to emphasize the importance of helping others. He told his disciples to give to the poor and to lend money to those in need. Those in need should do so without hesitation. This way, they would be demonstrating how to trust God. Finally, this passage also shows the value of giving sacrificially and purposefully.