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People often believe Jesus prohibited all self-defense and he told his disciples that they should turn the other cheek when attacked:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth’. But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek turn to him the other also.” (Mat 5:38-39”)
Here, Jesus was not prohibiting self-defense. He was prohibiting individuals from taking personal vengeance simply to get even with another person. This of course, is a perfect example of vengeance and definitely a sin.
There are numerous examples within the Bible of evildoers attacking God's chosen messengers. However, they did not simply stand and turn the other cheek. They acted defensively to protect themselves.
When King Saul through a spear at David, he moved out of the way and eventually fled. (1 Sam 19:10)
When King Aretas attempted to capture Paul in Damascus, he fled the city using a basket and a hole in the wall. (2 Cor 11.32-33)
Jesus also escaped from an angry crowd at Nazareth that was trying to throw him off a cliff. (Luke 4:29-30)
In none of these cases did the victim simply turn the other cheek and allow physical harm or allow himself to be murdered.
Jesus himself, seemed to encourage his disciples to have swords for self-defense:
“He said to them and them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has to be fulfilled. And they (Apostles) said, Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, ‘it is enough’” (Luke 22:36-38)
From all indications, that approves using weapons in cases of self-defense, to protect others, to protect your home and family.
Both in Luke 22:36-38 and in Matthew 26:52 supports the notion Christians should own, keep and carry a weapon or weapons for self-defense.
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