What the Bible Says About Self-Defense (and School Safety)

Hedgerow | 2/22/2018 | Staff
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Following every public school shooting in America, Christians have held vigils and prayed with the families and friends of victims and survivors. Faith is not absent during tragedy. In fact, people to turn to God in prayer, ask questions, and express anger, gratitude or grief.

Many argue that school shootings would be minimized if schools hired security guards and staff were trained and armed, and there is a Biblical argument to support this.

Right - Right - Old - New - Testaments

The right to life—and one’s right to protect it—is clearly explained throughout the Old and New Testaments. Murder is prohibited in the Sixth Commandment because all of life is to be protected.

After the Exodus from Egypt (which Jews celebrate during Passover), God instructed Moses to create laws and establish a government to restrain evil and promote good. The Ten Commandments were the initial guide for right conduct, but numerous civil and criminal laws were enacted and enforced through the judicial system. These laws became the basis for Western law, including laws governing self-defense, personal injury, property rights, and much more.

Bible - Weapon - Concert - Home - Jesus

Throughout the Bible using a weapon is mentioned in concert with self-defense—inside and outside the home. Jesus affirmed the Old Testament laws, and as was recorded by his disciple, Luke, said, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions, are undisturbed.” (Luke 11:21).

And, even while working, carrying a weapon was permitted. Nehemiah, a servant chosen to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, was protected and armed by the Persian King Cyrus. Cyrus made sure that he and his men were armed. Every man “wore his sword girded at his side” (Neh. 4:18)–while they were building a wall.

Exodus - Basis - US - Law - Castle

Many refer to Exodus 22:2 as the basis for U.S. law known as the Castle Doctrine. In 23 states, this doctrine includes “Stand Your Ground Laws,” and in some states, both...
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