Should Christians Carry Guns?
After a rash of violent crimes in my neighborhood made the news, I considered purchasing a gun. Most of my conversation partners argued that owning and carrying a gun provides very real protection against threats to life and property.
He asks, What does God think of all this? And how should a Christian approach this issue in a faithful and thoughtful way? Smith: As a Christian, I should not own a gun for the purposes of self-defense. This choice could result in harm to myself, my family, or other innocent persons.
Is it OK for Christians to carry guns?
Carrying firearms is morally permissible for Christians.
What does God say about guns?
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Christians should not bear arms, but if they do, they should do so with caution and wisdom. Anyone who owns and carries a firearm should be properly trained, as well as be aware of and follow all applicable safety rules and laws.
Where in the Bible does it talk about obeying authority?
“Obey the government, for God is the One who has placed it there; there is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power,” says Romans 13:1-2.
What the Bible says about elections?
When we participate in elections, we “speak out for those who cannot speak… [and] defend the rights of the poor and needy” ( Proverbs 31:8-9 ). Pray for election candidates, asking God to direct them to uphold justice and care for the poor and vulnerable in our own country and around the world.
Did Jesus carry a weapon?
Jesus didn’t have a weapon, and when he said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” he didn’t mean peacemakers who were packing. Instead, Jesus tells us to bless our enemies and turn the other cheek.
Can Jehovah Witnesses carry a gun?
I’m aware that Jehovah’s Witnesses have no objection to gun ownership; many JWs own guns and hunt, and for some of them, such as my JW relatives, it would be much more difficult to feed their families if they couldn’t stock their freezers with venison.
What did Jesus say about weapons?
They demonstrate that, when read in context (Luke 22:36-38), Jesus is aware of prophecy fulfillment and makes the surprising statement that two swords are “enough.” He said to them, “But now, if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
What does the Bible say about tattoos?
Most Christians quote Leviticus 19:28, which says, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.” So, why is this verse in the Bible?
What does the 2nd Amendment say?
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed because a well-regulated militia is necessary for the security of a free state.
Should Christians wear a mask?
Christians hold life sacred, and refusing to mask up can force fellow believers to make difficult decisions they shouldn’t have to make. We are commanded to pray for and respect government authority as long as it does not violate God’s higher laws.
What does Jesus say about authority?
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, because there is no authority other than that which God has established, and the authorities that exist have been established by God.
What is God’s law?
Third, there are God’s moral laws, which deal with justice and judgment and are based on God’s own holy nature, making them holy, just, and unchanging. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (a New Testament passage dealing with God’s moral law) states that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Is unconditional election biblical?
Unconditional election (also known as sovereign election or unconditional grace) is a Calvinist doctrine that describes God’s actions and motives prior to the creation of the world, when he predestined some people to receive salvation, the elect, and left the rest to continue in their sins.
What the Bible says about free will?
The Bible teaches that acquired freedom is necessary because no one “is free for obedience and faith until he is freed from sin’s dominion.” People have natural freedom, but their “voluntary choices” serve sin until they acquire freedom from “sin’s dominion,” as defined by the New Bible Dictionary.
What does the Bible say about politics and elections?
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