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Is it biblical for Christians to own guns?

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 ---kevin5443 on 1/26/11
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Owning a gun by Christians is not an evil in itself but trusting that the possession of the gun will keep you safe is wrong/evil. God protects.
---Adetunji on 5/18/12

ELENA now,again! Here are my verses... Thankyou Moderator.... The Lord has always been my protection.. Bless His name! Love of Jesus! Ps.25:1,2,3.Lam.3:25,Ps.145:1,Is.29:15,
---ELENA on 5/16/12

ELENA many,experiences,sadly,but,even with all I been thru still prefer NOT be armed becuz Now a days the perpetrader maybe stronger than me 5'2 hgt. Female & easy,get over whelm & the man turn weapon on me.I been beat up by 13 people,ran over by a van,assaulted by 5 people try'n help young girl, .........left for dead by a man who my family trusted take me home.... Let's just say my faith 100% in the Lord!
---ELENA on 5/16/12

It is not a gun thing in particular, and I do not think the constitution listed that as a specifically Christian thing - they were often necessary then (hunting and sometimes defence) but it does not mean we should just go out and buy one

It is a question of why we have one, and I think the places where a gun is really necessary are actually few
---Peter on 2/1/11

Christians owning a gun, or in otherwords for the uncomprehending, Christians owning "an instrument made for killing", is supported biblically for the purpose of killing animals for food: Genesis 9:2,3+ Mark 14:12-21+ Act 10:9-16+ Romans 14:1,2+ I Timothy 4:1-4.
---Eloy on 1/31/11

then how can we discuss the "biblicality" of anything that is not mentioned in the Bible?

aka Colt 45...blessed are the peacemakers.
---aka on 1/27/11


Short range Guns of the times are mentioned in Scripture, and followers of GOD are advised to sell their clothing and purchase one if necessary.
Luke 22:36
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
---Trav on 1/31/11

Yes, John. If most Alaskans have guns, then surely most Christians in Alaska have guns. But the same could be said of most any group in Alaska. The relationship is between Alaskans and guns...not Christians and guns. Alaskans (Christian and non-Christian) use guns primarily for hunting and protection from wild animals.
---Donna66 on 1/30/11

You're right, Donna66.

The Second Amendment says what it says, and it's too strongly built into our cultural tradition in the USA.
---Cluny on 1/30/11

Donna, it doesn't follow that all gun owners in Alaska are Christians, but it does follow that most Christians in Alaska own guns. :-)
---John.usa on 1/29/11

Donna66: I have no readon to think that YOU might be over likely to use a gun when you don't need to.....

Sometimes, though, I get concerned that there is a cycle... someone gets a gun, uses it to defend him/herself (preperly) so the next time, instead of just threatening, the robber shoots first, then takes the money from the dead body

But yes, Donna, I understand how you mean it
---Steve on 1/30/11

Steve-- I see your point.

Of course, unless the thief is a "pick-pocket" he's likely to do more than just "ask" for your money.
When I was abducted, I offered my assailant my purse, money and credit cards...I'd gladly have parted with them, but that's not what he wanted.

Where a gun is legal for self-protection, the law usually states you must be "in fear of your life" to shoot someone. And you must be able to convince a judge or jury of that.
---Donna66 on 1/29/11

Nothing wrong with having guns.

Many here have stated the obvious though, it's the individual's motives that are the issue. To a violent person a pallet gun, a car even a hammer can be a dangerous weapon.

---Haz27 on 1/29/11

Many people don't own a gun, nor care to, but feel strongly that it's a right guaranteed to Americans by the Constitution.
---Donna66 on 1/29/11

John.usa-- Most Alaskans have guns. Does that mean most Alaskans are Christians?
---Donna66 on 1/29/11

Yes!And use them,too. The bible tells us to follow peace with all men. We are to do this. If possible. We are not to use them improperly.Kill,maim for no reason. That is insanity. But to protect ourselves, property, family. This is our God-given right.
---Robyn on 1/29/11

Donna66: 'Steve-- How do you reason it's OK to protect others but not ouselves?'

Well, perhaps I overstated it.

Maybe I should have said: it is always our duty to protect others if they are attacked.

If we are thrreatened, we may consider (say we have a gun but can avoid using it without being injured) that it is more Christian to suffer material loss than to possibly kill someone who (if he is robber) will likely not end up in heaven if we DO kill him

OK, yes, Donna66, maybe I overstated what I said

Do you understand how I meant it - in the term of 'going the second mile'
---Steve on 1/29/11

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again thank You all for Your input,with spear,bow,sling, sword,one must get up close and personal with their target.
i do own a small crossbow for hunting.
however was floored when hearing a preacher state that if someone broke into his house He would shoot them with His gun.hence this blog,thank You all again.
personally i agree with
---Donna5535 on 1/28/11
---kevin5443 on 1/29/11

Donna66, I support your view very much even though I don't have a gun. Here is another reason why, any object can be a weapon. A rock, or a pen. It is the person behind the weapon that is dangerous. In your case a guy with a knife. And you had nothing to protect yourself with, but by the grace of God you were spared. That doesn't happen all the time, for many women are killed.
Another reason is, I was on a jury, a man attempted to rape a girl with a Pallet gun, he had two prior rapes. The defense tried to say, and had an expert witness on guns, that the pallet gun was not a deadly weapon, the prosecuting attorney asked him, if I put this gun to your head is it a deadly weapon? and he said yes. Just about any object can be a deadly weapon.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/11

\\Sarah Palin is a good Christian and she's big on guns. So that means it's sinful not to have guns, I'd say.
---John.usa on 1/28/11\\

How good a Christian Sarah Palin might be is something only God Himself can determine.

Considering the situation daughter Bristol got herself into, I would say that Sarah is NOT an effective teacher of Christian moral theology.

In any case, I'm pro-choice about firearms. I choose not to have one.
---Cluny on 1/29/11

//Sarah Palin is a good Christian//....and just how do you know this?...//and she's big on guns. So that means it's sinful not to have guns, I'd say.// does not depend on ownership, it depends on the condition of the heart and the use of both...if a man is attacking a family and the only way that i can stop it is use of any type of force (including prayer), i will. i will not start with deadly force, but there will be a progess in my methods of prevention that may end in death. That is the attacker's choice...i do not own a weapon (except my tongue), but i will hurt someone who keeps pursuing it and has no regard for another God given life...if i am wrong, i will let the Lord deal with me in perfect judgment, justice, mercy, and grace.
---aka on 1/29/11

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Allen--//In some parts of the country, owning and carrying guns are almost as important as owning and carrying Bibles.//What parts of the country are you talking about? Can you name such a place?

Of course, there may be states where neither carrying guns, nor carrying Bibles, is considered acceptable.

If you think carrying guns is not Biblical why not just say so.
---Donna66 on 1/29/11

Donna66-- Are you questioning the faith of men like Nate Saint, who was killed by the Auka Indians, to whom he was trying to take the Gospel. How do you explain the Christian martyrs? Surely you don't believe that Christians have any special immunity to harm, injury or death! Reality tells us differently. It is a sinful world.
see my post of 1/27. I know the Lord rescued me. But He didn't NEED to!
---Donna66 on 1/28/11

Steve-- How do you reason it's OK to protect others but not ouselves?

My gun doesn't make mistakes. I don't make mistakes with my gun because I've been thoroughly trained
in care of my weapon, it's storage and careful use. "Better safe than sorry" is why I have a gun.
I have a gun for self- protection, if needed. I pray I never have reason to use it.
---Donna66 on 1/28/11

Sarah Palin is a good Christian and she's big on guns. So that means it's sinful not to have guns, I'd say.
---John.usa on 1/28/11

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In the context of this question, owning or not owning a gun is neither right nor wrong.

However, the ideas of owning and being able to carry guns are a preoccupation of many millions of American christians.

In some parts of the country, owning and carrying guns are almost as important as owning and carrying Bibles.

And politically, being pro-guns, in any form, is far more likely to get a politician elected to office than ideas of owning and carrying a Bible.

Obviously, the some notions of Christianity in American are very often quite different from the Biblical view of Christianity.
---Allan on 1/29/11

To guard ourselves, probably not

To guard others, yes

To make mistakes with a gun we own certainly no

Better safe that sorry - dont have one
---Steve on 1/28/11

God said, "He gives His angels guard over you lest you strike your foot up against a stone."

GOd didn't say, "I give you guns to guard over you," did He?

Psalm 91 says No evil will come nigh my dwelling place. So what do you need a gun for if you believe in and live by what scriptures say?
---Donna5535 on 1/28/11

I really don't see one reason why a Christian should not own a gun or rifle. I do not own either but don't think it is wrong. I don't because I am afraid of them. That is my own conscience way of looking at that issue. But it might not be the same with others. What really matters in this issue is the person behind the gun. I'm not dogmatic about that subject, that all guns should be band. They are not evil, man is.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/11

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Yes, guns are used to hunt wild game for food.
---Eloy on 1/27/11

I'm a Christian. But once, as I approached my workplace to work a night shift, I was abducted by a stranger at knife point. I escaped, but not without wounds serious enough to keep me off work for 6 wks. ( and emotional trauma that took longer than that to heal). I sensed no danger and was actually praying just before it happened. ...but it happened, anyway.

Steveng--I discovered God is not obligated to protect me from all harm. It's my eternity that is secure, not my life here.

BUT God has given all creatures an instict to survive. Nothing wrong with that. We can pretend not to care...until we see that it doesn't always happen to SOMBODY ELSE!
---Donna66 on 1/27/11

Do you not have enough faith for God to keep you and yours safe during these end times? God can see circumstances as they are happening. Do you have enough faith to believe that God may keep you from adverse circumstances? Or God wants a certain event to happen, but puts a stumbling block in your way to keep you from that certain event. God certainly protects his own in one way or another. Do not fear that people will die on your left and on your right. It is imperative you keep praying that you and yours are kept safe during these end times until Jesus' return.
---Steveng on 1/27/11

What's the difference? You can kill or protect with any of them. If it gets to where we can't legally have guns, that will, most probably, include bows/arrows & swords & slings. If not at the first, eventually.
---Reba on 1/27/11

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//Is it biblical for Christians to own guns?...however the question was not about bow's/arrow's, swords,or slings,it was about guns.// ---kevin5443 on 1/27/11

then how can we discuss the "biblicality" of anything that is not mentioned in the Bible?

The Model P, Peacemaker, M1873, Single Action Army, SAA, aka Colt 45...blessed are the peacemakers.

BTW...just because something is mentioned in the Bible may make it "biblical" but not righteous in God's eye. e.g. adultery and lots.
---aka on 1/27/11

i appreciate all the input so far,Thanks You...
however the question was not about bow's/arrow's, swords,or slings,it was about guns.
---kevin5443 on 1/27/11

God didn't send David to fight a giant without a weapon. It was Biblical to own weapons of the time. Read Judges 4:14-16 this is where God delievered Sisera into the hands of Barak and his 10 thousand men. All the enemy were killed by the sword,10 thousand of them. Plus God allowed Deborah one of his prophets and a judge to go with Barak,he wouldn't have done that if he was not in the battle as the Word says,the Lord delievered Sisera into Barak's hand. Owning guns isn't against the way of God. We are to pursue wisdom,to me it is wisdom to have a weapon to protect oneself in this day and time. Deer hunters all must have guns or bows to kill the deer that most of them eat or donate to charity. I use a gun with faith and prayer asking God's help.
---Darlene_1 on 1/27/11

Ahh yes Cluny, Jesus didn't rebuke Simon Peter for carrying it, nay, just to sheath it, for it wasn't the place for such at that time.
Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.(Ref John 18:10)
And Bruce, as I did not express any interpretation with these verses, pray tell how are they out of context?
Maybe you can enlighten us on the context of each verse and see if it relates to us, as an individual or a people, possessing weapons.
Jesus never rebuked someone for owning a weapon, just for how it is used...
Why did you refer people to Mat 26:52 and yet call a parallel passage, John 18:10, out of context?
---micha9344 on 1/27/11

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The matter is not addressed in the Bible. Even Amish who are pacifists, have guns and enjoy hunting in their self-sufficient life-style. In the Bible, Jesus praises the faith of the centurion, a man of arms. Acts, Cornelius, a man of arms is favored. Obviously, the people of God in the O.T. have weapons. There is the commandment not to murder. Outside the military, most people who have guns are just meat-eaters and not murders. And God's people are meat-eaters. If you hate others, you are like a murderer. We do have a right to bear arms given by the constitution. Our beginnings as a nation is owed to men who bore arms. We are not in the Garden any longer. Until the earth is paradise again, there is no Bible qualm against possessing fire arms.
---Mike on 1/27/11

Great question Kevin,
Well first you need to make a list of all that Jesus desires for the world and all that he requires of believers that requires a gun and go from there?
Public servants and others that require firearms is another issue.
Its different for Christians because while we can be killed by guns we can't be hurt. We have blessed assurance. And we also know that unless God watches over the city the watchman watches in vain.
---larry on 1/27/11

micha9344, That is a prime example of taking verses out of context and using them in a totally irrelevant way.

As for the question, while the bible does not address it I would refer you to Matt.26:52 and Psm 44:6 (note that while the Psalmist says he does not trust in his bow or sword, clearly he does have a bow and a sword.
---Bruce5656 on 1/26/11

ABSOLUTELY! We have a God given right to protect ourselves & our loved ones. in history, when Communism or some other government wanted to take over a country, the first thing they'd do is get laws passed for gun control. Just think about the facts. If they outlawed guns do you really think everyone will follow that law? Of course not! The outlaws don't follow the laws we already have so WHY would they be willing to give up their guns? So that gives the criminal the upper hand & leaves the law abiding people in danger more than ever before. Would you want that to be the case for your family? NOT ME!!
---Reba on 1/26/11

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guns for hunting . . . I suppose so

totally harmless recreation > God "gives us richly all things to enjoy." (in 1 Timothy 6:17)

guns for defending yourself > Jesus did say "not to resist an evil person," in Matthew 5:44. And "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My kingdom is not from here," in John 18:36.

If you disobey this, your wrong spirit can make you available to Satan's kingdom so you are in a situation where you find you need to use the gun. But while we trust God, He controls what really happens, no matter how this world threatens us!
---Bill_willa6989 on 1/26/11

I see no Biblical reason for Christians not to own a gun .

For in responsible hands, it can provide meat for a family (in many parts of the country). You may be a vegetarian or simply loathe to kill "Bambi", but it's good wildlife management that keeps surviving animals healthier.

Gun ownership (again by responsible adults) can discourage crime. This is because the police, rarely prevent crimes, but only investigate after the fact.
But if a criminal realizes his victim may be armed...he may go elsewhere to do his violent deeds.

(Please don't tell me that "turn the other cheek" means, "now that you've raped my daughter, feel free to take all my possessions".)
---Donna66 on 1/26/11

micha, I noticed that you conveniently forgot to mention that Jesus said those who take up the gun shall die by the gun, or something like that.
---Cluny on 1/26/11

There seems to be nothing in the New Testament prohibiting the hunting of game with firearms.
---John.usa on 1/27/11

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Protecting yourself has nothing to do with being a christian. Every family needs to have a shotgun ready for burgler's, home invaders and who ever threatens the safety of your family.
---shira3877 on 1/27/11

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Luk 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take [it], and likewise [his] scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
John 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid, for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
---micha9344 on 1/26/11

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