Do Christians have the right and duty to defend themselves and others?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL One of God's 10 Commandments is "Thou shalt not kill," but does this commandment forbid using lethal force to defend the life of one's self, family or others? Can God and guns go together?

Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL One of God's 10 Commandments is "Thou shalt not kill," but does this commandment forbid using lethal force to defend the life of one's self, family or others? Can God and guns go together?

With the recent church shootings, the question has often arisen as to whether Christians have the right and duty to defend themselves and others and even to take lives to save lives when such becomes necessary. Numerous editorial pieces have been written on the subject, many of which would make it appear that being a Christian and carrying a gun for self-defense is totally incompatible. And carrying a weapon inside a church has been viewed as totally incongruous with the Gospel. But what is God's answer?


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