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Self Defense in The Bible - Michael Heiser

Updated: Feb 27

Self Defense in The Bible - Michael Heiser

"Dr. Michael Heiser goes over the biblical context for appropriate uses of self defense. What's an appropriate Christian response?" from video introduction.

Like many things in God's Holy Word there is no specific principle about self-defense. We must be prayerful and ask for and use God's wisdom and discernment. Today in our gullible and foolish society people and even Christians will attach themselves to ideas and movements that are not God honoring or people honoring. Guns and God is not and never has been an automatic default. We dishonor Christ when we correlate him with death and violence.

"The Bible gives no all-encompassing statement on self-defense. Some passages seem to speak of God’s people being pacifistic (Proverbs 25:21–22; Matthew 5:39; Romans 12:17). Yet there are other passages that approve of self-defense. Under what circumstances is personal self-defense appropriate? The proper use of self-defense has to do with wisdom, understanding, and tact. In Luke 22:36, Jesus tells His remaining disciples, “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” Jesus knew that now was the time when His followers would be threatened, and He upheld their right to self-defense. Just a short time later, Jesus is arrested, and Peter takes a sword and cuts off someone’s ear. Jesus rebukes Peter for that act (verses 49–51). Why? In his zeal to defend the Lord, Peter was standing in the way of God’s will. Jesus had told His disciples multiple times that He must be arrested, put on trial, and die (e.g., Matthew 17:22–23). In other words, Peter acted unwisely in that situation. We must have wisdom regarding when to fight and when not to.." from the article: What does the Bible say about self-defense?

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