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Is Boxing Unchristian

Is boxing unchristian?

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 ---jamea5375 on 12/26/07
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All praises go the true living God! Amen,all respect Bro.Adetunji thankyou, yes! Wonderfull come back.much appreciated.Bless you and all your family!

They refuse Jesus Christ and God, their gods are pagan ...
Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 9/4/13

lidia4796: //Karate..they ARE into witchcraft as you advance glorify divination, energy ' wicca,new age reiki// You are correct. It is a spiritual thing but not of God's Holy Spirit. And every spirit not in Christ is of the evil one.
---Adetunji on 9/3/13

Mod.permit- Hello,Pastora KarenD. May the Lord bless you, nice for you to say "hello!" Nice day, practicing my singing for the Lord.. nobody better he brought me through and still mercifull to me. Love of jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 8/25/13

Concerning the Karate, far as I know little bout it, ex worldly friends into it, Bro.Adetunji I believe the Lord does NOT approve karate, shaulin, etc.. they ARE into witchcraft as you advance glorify divination, energy ' wicca,new age reiki a long list False witchcraft false God's .. they have even prayers claim to be to the Holy Spirit.. comes last on the List. Divine Energy! False Gods mind training,they talk alot like the aethiests the Lord keep sending me, to witness ..
A lady sent another one, for me to witness to..hard liner!

---Lidia4796 on 8/25/13

I personally think its wrong because your body is the temple of God.Also Jesus said if someone hits you, give them the other cheek to but if you are doing it to protect yourself in a way that seems reasonable its good.
Means not beating people senseless but restraining and defense._love as i have loved you
---Michael on 8/14/13

I think ultimately it is ungodly.
---born on 4/9/13

jamea5375: I cannot say if the feeling in boxing & karate are the same but at a stage of learning karate/judo, the HS told me to quit(HE explained to me that HE is the one defending me & that I cannot really defend myself)and I heeded HIS warning and do not regret it.
---Adetunji on 4/9/13

I'm a20 year old amateur boxer. The comradeship and love that fighters develop in the ring for one another far surpasses violence. I began boxing and found myself reading the bible because of it, it has strengthened my relationship with Christ Jesus, i have not had alcohol in 3 years, i do not go out late, i live a disviplined life this is all through god giving me the strength to box and become a better person. In how many other sports do oppenents give each other a loving hug? Rarely ever will you see two fighters not hug. The pain in boxing is temporary but what you learn and feel from it is unreal, their is no team in a fight, but if you close your eyes, regardless of win or loss you are not alone! Jesus Christ is watching over you!
---Raj on 4/7/13

we need to consider the RELATIONSHIP between these " fighters."

truth is they respect and love each other

There is less hatred among fighters than there is among church members
---francis on 11/14/12

Boxing with gloves seems like football. Pick a team, act out being a part of it, and shout HOO-Ray or BOOO!

A step up from children's games.

Now, UFC and MMA, that brings out the best and the worst that is in me. It is raw, merciless, focused and ends judiciously.

I do not regret being militarized at 17, but savagery and dominance are principle forces in the world, and combat training steeled me.

It also perverted me.

The gap between the mind of Christ and my own is beyond measure. I must stay dead in Him.
---Phil on 11/13/12

Whatever floats your boat. I understand there may be some men of God who has taken up the sport.
---pat on 11/12/12

I have given up watching boxing matches. It is about hurting another man - definitely not something Jesus would have approved.
---Ralf_Sandler on 11/12/12

so im a boxer and it is upon the mind set for why you go into the ring befor I /my friends go into the ring we pray for God to keep or mind clear of anger anything that would take glory from God before I did boxing I had a hard time to keep my eyes on God but through boxing I have better patince love caring and I dont get provoked as easly but like I said if you go into the ring with the intent to only beat up the other person than its wrong and ungodly but what I do is every time I get a really nice hook or cross I tend to tell the other person good hit keep it up I always give glory to God but I also dont think everyone shold do it is a hard to keep your eyes on God but so is football baseball basketball and being at home by yourself
---Trenton_waddell on 2/8/12

I seen a minute or two of a weird boxing(kick) match on a news channel. I thought it was disgusting, seeing all the blood on the floor. I don't think it' humane, therefore, I don't think it's Christianlike. The boxers look like the Arnold Schwartneger characters. I do not see these actions in Christ
---Christian_commentator on 4/30/11

I am not a sports enthusiast.
But I have to agree with those who speak of the disciple required and respect for the opponent. Without these there would be no rules. And fighters could "fight to the death" using any and all means.
Paul said:

1Cr 9:24-27.... they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:
---Donna66 on 4/30/11

Mario: You hit it right on the head. It is a self-challenge to push yourself to your best. the exact same issues come with competetive Tennis. Who would say Tennis is un-biblical? there are a number of rules and saftey measures in place to limit the personal harm in Boxing or MMA. It is about self-control and patience (both fruit of the spirit).
---PaulG on 4/27/11

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Steving, You are right on! Watch any fight. The head is predominately the target. Every time a fighter gets his bell rung a concussion has occurred. One may have occurred with a lesser blow. Brain damage has occurred. Repeated blows are increasingly dangerous. Whether you are damaging your friend or enemy is not relevant to the point that damaging another or allowing yourself to be damaged is not following after the Holy Spirit. I dont see Jesus enjoying such activity.
---Dave_J on 4/25/11

The body is a temple of God. Boxing destroys the temple.
---Steveng on 4/21/11

I believe the Lord put in my heart. Boxing is one of those sports you would need to experience to understand because it's easy to say its not from God if you don't really understand it. Because we can then say football is an ungodly sport ( not saying it is ) because theirs physical contact. Football is a great sport and can bring glory to God if approached correctly. Boxing is a sport that teaches discipline, love, team work, and drive. It's a sport that make you overcome your fears and push your self to your limit because I don't believe anyone who ever steped into a ring has not felt scared or nervous. What a feeling you get to overcome something you felt was impossible. God bless ya and thanks for reading this :)
---Mario_Medina on 4/18/11

No offense to anyone, but what could possibly be Christian about boxing? Even the environment of the big events is of the world. And then huge salaries to punch each other up and possibly shed blood or even death for filthy lucre? Why not go back to viewing persons being thrown to lions? That was also considered a 'sport'. Christians are even to avoid even the 'appearance' of sin or evil. Come on, saints! Use your head, and above all, your HEARTS!!
---Lin on 10/6/10

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I just went a few rounds with my wife over this past weekend... wow, what a fight it was...
Personally, I use to box and I loved every min of it. Ali, Frazier, Norton, Sugar Ray, Foreman... it was fun watching these guys go toe to toe... Howard Cosell calling the rounds..."THERE GOES FRAZIER, THERE GOES FRAZIER"

---Jim on 10/6/10

Some of these remarks are obviously made without truly understanding boxing and other combat sports. Usually, boxing and the training therin are done with the utmost respect for the opponent. A lot of the animosity we see on tv is for ratings, which is the unchristian aspect of sport. This question can be expanded to any form of competition, which in and of itself can be christian, depending on the mind set. With the right mind set kickball or chess is no different than boxing, only different techniques.
---Jay on 9/24/10

I don't really know. However, I would think they would have better things to do, than boxing on people's head.
---catherine on 8/25/10

I tend to believe that it is. Of course that does not mean that a boxer cannot be a Christian.
---mima on 8/25/10

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Is boxing unchristian?

I would have to say no.
There is tremendous comradery in boxing. Reeally good friendships. People who compete against each other are often training together before the contest.

Boxing itself is a none violent sport, although some boxers tend to portray very violent behavious ( but that is in society in general).

Boxing is truely a sweet science.
You have to be a boxer or former boxer to truely understand this sweetest of sports.
---francis on 8/25/10

promoting violence, even in sport, and believing it is right, is not a mind that God can work with because you fail to understand the teachings of Jesus.

in short, would Jesus do MMA? "love thy neighbor as thyself"" if a man slaps you in one cheek, turn the other". "love thy enemy."

I think not. read the Bible and stop being ignorant. get an enlightenment. anyone who understands the holy spirit knows that violence would only be acceptable to protect the life of yourself or your family or friends. There are few if any Christian qualities in MMA UFC.
---oliver on 8/23/10

//No, I do not think boxing, martial arts, fencing are unchristian. I think what is unchristian would be the attitude with which you entered the ring with//

What Terry said
---JackB on 12/21/09

The Kingdom of God is not about these type things. There is nothing in the bible that condemns boxing that I know of. Christianity is about love,joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. If we will love God with all of our heart, mind and soul and love others as ourselves, then we are on the highway to Heaven. When the bible does not specifically condemn certain things, we should not try to make these type things offensive, or off limits. We are then trying to put ourselves back under the Law. The Law has been done away with and we are under Grace,now. If we learn to be better lovers we will have a place in the Kingdom of God.
---Robyn on 12/21/09

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I like boxing & MMA. I don't see contact sports and Christianity being mutually exclusive.
It's emasculating to rob men of contact sports. We can't live in a fluffy feminine environment devoid of blood, sweat and adrenaline.
---AG on 2/26/08

One might ask, "is gunfighting unchristian?" The only difference is that one is with the hands the other is with a 'tool'. The Romans loved to watch such wicked 'sports' because their father was Satan. Why not take up a team sport like baseball or basketball? I learned teamwork in baseball which is a good thing to have working with people. Didn't Jesus have a 'team' working for Him?
---Dr._Rich on 1/5/08

This has always been an interesting subject. I've always been of the opinion that physical pain is overrated. Emotional pain is far worse. When I look at Calvary, I can't even begin to consider what goes on in the average boxing match to be anything all that bad. I honestly think that calling someone a name or insulting them is worse than "beating them up" and that happens all the time today. Boxing has helped reform a lot of ex-juvenile delinquents.
---Greyrider on 1/2/08

James why not get yourself a Punching bag? You have no opponent who might inflict pain on you that way. Boxing is a dangerous sport, just as so many sports are. Permanant injuries often occur.
Most professional football players, boxers, basketball players etc usually have to retire from their sport at a very early age.
---NV_Barbara on 1/2/08

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Wow James ... I agree with Sue on this ... how can it be Christian to take out one's anger by trying to injure another person?
---alan_of_UK on 1/2/08

Hi James, if you want a way to get your anger out by beating on something, get a punching bag.
---sue on 1/1/08

1 Corinthians 10:23

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

New American Standard Bible (1995)
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

If you ask it this way, we'd have to apply the same question to alot of things that have nothing to do with christianity. Example: Is jogging unchristian? Some boxers would be drug dealers if it weren't for the ring. And what about George Foreman? He's an outspoken christian and has done much to advance the kingdom of God. I think we were all made different. Not all christians wear pastel sweaters, talk through their nose, or have the classic Republican hair-cut with the part on the side.
---j._nonymous on 1/1/08

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I think that boxing is a terrible sport and wish it were banned like cock fighting and dog fighting. I don't think that it is Christian although some Christians might take part in this sport. Sports people can get injured in most sports but this is different in that two people are deliberately inflicting injuries on each other. Nasty and completely pointless!
---RitaH on 12/31/07

I do not believe that God has called us into that.
---catherine on 12/31/07

Terry ... "The challenge of boxing and the other sports is with becoming better at this craft"
And what Terry is the boxing craft?
To beat the living daylights out of your opponent, either making him submit, or if he does not, KO-ing him.
So a good Christian will make himself better at this?
---alan_of_UK on 12/30/07

No boxing is not Christian it is of the world.
There are a lot of things people who are Christian do, But they are of the world have nothing to do with Jesus. You cannot justify
hurting another man for sport as Godly, It is carnal and you cannot please God with Carnality. Only by the spirit is God pleased.
If two people Agree to hurt each other for Sport God will not takes sides. If one is a Christian he better be a Good boxer cause God will rain on the just as well as the unjust.
---exzucuh on 12/30/07

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When you read Galatians 5, you will see that competition and ambition are "works of the flesh". Hence, forbidden for believers. Now, see that all competitive sports, beauty pageants, and anything else that is based on PRIDE are "works of the flesh". How can a person who has "died to self" even be a sports fan?
The Bible is true...God wrote it, you know.
---Tom on 12/30/07

The bible donot support sports.If one need this type of plesure in there lifes they have not yet found the true replacement for the image in which we live.The world need this type of joy because
they have nothing else to fill the vold in their lifes.It is written that we should
come out from among the world and be separate from pagan ways of living.
One cannot have their cake and eat it too.
One would like to say and do anything they please without opposition.But
not in GOD'S WORLD.
---Jack_8773 on 12/30/07

the reason i asked this question is,i intend to take up boxing training,boxing lets out a lot of anger,would it not be god in that way?
---jamea5375 on 12/30/07

the reason i asked this question is,i intend to take up boxing training,boxing lets out a lot of anger,would it not be god in that way?
---jamea5375 on 12/30/07

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Kind of reminds me of the Roman's watching the men fight each other in the coliseum or arenas long ago. I just can't see anything Christian-like in beating each other up.
---sue on 12/29/07

Since ancient days man has had a fascination with "blood sports" From the arena in Rome where wild animals mauled Christians to death to today where in Thailand girls as young as 5 box and kick each other for bloodthirsty crouds who " bet"on them. to the "ultimate fighter" who stop just short of killing their opponent! Christian? Personally I like baseball!
---1st_cliff on 12/29/07

Boxing is one of the finest and oldest sports. I have a tremendous respect for boxers, wrestlers and other forms of martial combat. Are they unchristian? When the attitude is not sportsman they are certainly unchristian.
---Ryan_Z on 12/29/07

How can deliberately and gratuously damaging someone else and oneself, maybe causing life-shortening injury, be Christian?
---alan_of_UK on 12/28/07

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No, I do not think boxing, martial arts, fencing are unchristian. I think what is unchristian would be the attitude with which you entered the ring with, gambling or trying to intimidate the opponent. The challenge of boxing and the other sports is with becoming better at this craft and developing yourself. Good Christian sportsmanship speaks volumes. I hope this helps.
---Terry on 12/27/07

God asks us to search what is best. I would not say boxing is bad in itself. It is a dangerous sport. Some have even been killed by it. The fighters usually fight for money or fame. Why not fight for uncorruptible crowns as the apostle Paul strongly advised ? Boxing therefor is not bad but not good enough.
---Ghislain on 12/27/07

Has there ever been anything Christian about punching another human in the head until unconscious?
---Pharisee on 12/27/07

Most sports have some things that could be unchristian in them. Boxers are generally friends and respect eachother and play by the rules. I suspect more people get hurt on the ski run than in the ring.
---john on 12/27/07

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Adults pummeling each other for the entertainment of others is so silly I don't know if it even rises to the level of "unchristian."
---Jack on 12/27/07

Many consider it a sport like hockey.
"Went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.."
Is it Christian, doubtful.
If you have the urge to box someone around, you might want to take a time out from the rotten marriage blogs.
When I feel the urge to box, I know that's not Christian.
---Rebekah on 12/27/07

I guess it would depend on your attitude about it. If you approach it in a sportsmanlike way, with the idea that both boxers will glorify God by displaying the strength He gave them- I could probably accept that. But I have doubts about whether that's really the attitude in most boxing rings today. You have to prayerfully consider the issue personally.
---Billy on 12/26/07

Hi, jamea...I'm Bill...nice to meet you (o: I think of how we are told to love our neighbor as ourselves, and so why would I want to punch someone in order to have more than that person...if I love that person the same as myself?

And it says, "Love does no harm to a neighbor," in Romans 13:10, and so likewise I'd have question about hurting another person in order to get something for myself.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/26/07

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