Is it Biblical to Arm Yourself For Self-Defence?

Fathers and husbands are required by almighty God to provide for their families. This includes not only providing food, housing, clothing, education, medical care, love, discipleship, and spiritual guidance, but also protection. Of what worth is all the other provision if one does not provide protection as well? Anyone who fails to provide for their family has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. In fact, those who refuse to protect their young are worse than an animal. What animal will not fight to protect its offspring? God has endowed His creatures with claws, talons, horns, sharp teeth, stings, venom, swift wings, and other means for fight or flight. Self-defence is built into nature.

The underlying arguments for gun control seem to be that the availability of weapons causes crime. But this has not been the Biblical position. Genesis 4 records the first murder when Cain killed Abel. God’s response was not to ban rocks, knives, clubs, or whatever murder weapon may have been used, but to banish the murderer. It is the murderer’s heart that is the problem, not the weapon used…

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