Monday, August 3, 2009

The Bible and the Right to Carry!

From the New Patriot Freedom translation...

Luke 22:35-38

Jesus asked, "I have provided for all your needs haven't I?" When his followers answered yes He warned them with this command... "This world is evil and there are those who wish you physical harm for no other reason than because you believe in me. So wherever you go I want you to protect not only yourself, but what I have entrusted to you. So if you do not have a concealed handgun I want you to buy one." His followers responded, "we have 2." Jesus said, "that is enough."

Ok here is the original text:

[35] Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?"

"Nothing," they answered.

[36] 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. [37] It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."

[38] The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."

"That is enough," he replied.

Christian pacifists are always quick to say that Jesus didn't literally mean what He was saying. But I disagree. As with the what I believe false teaching of turning the other cheek as to submitting to violence, Jesus was a strong supporter of self defense.
It's all Greek to me... Dang those translations. The word that sword was translated from is machaira. It means a relatively short sword or other sharp instrument, a sword-dagger. This isn't a soldier's long sword, but a small sword, the handgun of the ancient world that was kept concealed and out of sight and used for protection. Jesus hated the use of violence. But is self defense violence? For me it is not.

So what does this mean? Really that is up to you to decide. Jesus didn't say to go out right away and apply for a concealed dagger permit. As such the Second Amendment to our Constitution states that our right to a gun for defense shall not be infringed. Not you are privileged to a hunting rifle if you fill out this paperwork and contact information. It is a natural law.

By being a citizen of this country... and a believer, we are given unalienable rights to carry a weapon for self defense. Do you agree?


5 comments:

  1. I most certainly agree that it is most compatible with the Bible to defend yourself, and especially to defend your family.

    I think this particular passage was about fulfilling the prophecy concerning the Messiah being "reckoned with the transgressors", as though seeing someone who had a sword was possibly an outlaw; nevertheless, the disciples sure whipped up two swords quickly, as though they carried them regularly.

    The Bible says His followers will be persecuted, but that they are blessed for that, because that shows they are walking in accordance with His Word. (Matthew 5:11)

    A Christian man, most especially with a family, not only can, but should protect his family from violence, no matter what the reason for that violence. (1 Titus 5:8)

    I am willing to die for God (Mark 8:35), and I am willing to fight for my family's well being.

    All things considered, I find it most honorable to prepare to defend my family, but I would consider myself most blessed to be scorned and attacked, even physically, for the Word of God.

    I am no pacifist, I am no warrior; I'll fight for our Cause, and lay down my life for Him, if necessary.

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  2. Thank you for your opinion. I always enjoy your perspective. While I too am no longer my own and submit to His will, I will ignore the scorn but will not a physical attack. The Drudge Report spoke of the 8 Christians in Pakistan who were burned to death by Muslims. If in that same situation I would of done my best to send a few mohammad's way first. Yes to die is to gain... but that is not our job here.

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  3. We can fight in defence of self, family, Church and christendom. Though priest's aren't supposed to draw blood.

    God bless.

    LSP

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  4. If we believe God is in control then we can "Dreadnaught" or fear nothing.
    God gives us the means, we just have to carry out His will. Pray like it all depends on you, but pray like it all depends on Him. Padre, I enjoy your blog!

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  5. Out of pure curiosity, LSP, what is the difference between priests and non-priest Christians, inasmuch as drawing blood is concerned?

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