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What does the Bible say about self-defense?"

Under what circumstances is self-defense appropriate?

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Practice makes perfect.

If it's a Luciferian who wants to capture you for human sacrifice to Lucifer, doing things that are unspeakable physically and spiritually, for example hypothetically.

Is it more righteous to have your spouse and children violated and murdered before your eyes, or to stop the evil by any means necessary.  I know my answer.  It would be time to put the rabid dog down.

Yes. It is common sense and Biblical to step on scorpions isn't it.

I dont.agree that ppl must to be a coward as.myself but self.defense is being used.as.excuse in some cases!
We have been acting such wordly ppl in many ways!its that true thay it was a discussion forum here about having a gun or not!
We must to be ready(I dont mean other thing that being sure of our salvation) to die even in an assault or any other circumstances but as human being its.normal that we try to defend ourselves, have fear in face of death or want to live more!
Better die than kill.should be the our banner, tough !

Thou shalt not kill means thou shalt not murder.

I think Islam has a similar banner, but they wish to commit suicide and take others with them though.  Close though.

Don't remember that ever being a creed in the Bible.  That sounds like the secret 30th Doctrine of Doss.

You have to be able to handle yourself.  That's what salvation is, being saved from weakness, death, sickness, foolishness, error, deception, and all the evil of the world.  But first of all:

Prov. 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.

 16:7   When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Ps. 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 

34:12 What man [is he that] desireth life, [and] loveth [many] days, that he may see good?
34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 

Seek peace and pursue it.  Depart from evil.  When your ways please the Lord your enemies will be at peace with you.  You can cast out demons, instead of them beating you up, like the sons of Sceva, (Acts 19:15).  You work hard, spend time praying, humbling yourself, confessing your inefficiency, have worship service every day with singing hymns, study and teach every chance you get, learn to like good things instead of vain things which neither profit nor deliver, (1 Sam. 12:21), and you will make everyone happy, and your enemies will be afraid of you.

   "Had the people, when brought into trial, trusted in God, the Captain of the Lord's host would have led them through Edom, and the fear of them would have rested upon the inhabitants of the land, so that, instead of manifesting hostility, they would have shown them favor."  {PP 422.6}

Luke 22:36, '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.'

Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, 'There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.'

This discussion happens frequently in our home.  I am married to a non-adventist, ex-military and the son of a retired police officer.  I have been an Adventist all my life and have wavered back and forth on self defense.  It was easy to say not to use force when it was just myself but then I became a mom.  Harder to think I could stand back and let my children suffer harm without resisting.  Studied and read and prayed about it.  Fortunately i haven't had make that choice as an adult.

In  the last few years, my husband has purchased guns just in case.  Yes, I even shot one at the gun range.  But he knows and I know that it is unlikely I could use one even to defend others.  Pepper spray, maybe, to defend others.  Lol, I am rarely alone even though my children are grown with only one at home now.  I collect children from friend's grandchildren.  Have I come to a conclusion?  No.  Other than praying that when I come to that situation, God guides my heart and my hands. 

Protection of the home, the family and property is both Biblically correct and according to common law good. Some of our States and Federal laws are insane and limit or interfere with our God-given right to self defense as God is the giver of life, and it should not be stolen by murder etc.

He who would not attempt to protect his family in every way possible, spiritually, physically is not doing God's will, If force must be used, to the degree necessary to prevent harm, then so be it.

I guarantee you that the Luciferians, Satanists, Muslims maniacs, New World Order, Communist and other demonic people want to eat you and your family for dinner. Look what happened to Christians in Syria and else where. They hate Christians because they are of their father the Devil. If a possessed maniac wants to murder and do mayhem, a bullet in the right place will cause (death) the spirit of the Devil to leave that person and he that human will never harm another person again, but the spirit of the Devil will seek a new host/home. That is why God required the death penalty for certain sins in the Old Testament, as people in that time could not extricate demons and even now most do not believe or know how to stop, cast out spirits for those that want deliverance. Expelling demons was not available in the Old Testament times.

Depending on the circumstances, faith can prevent or stop attacks, but sometimes it requires a physical solution also, like a fist or a gun, unfortunately.

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