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War and Self-Defense

What Does the Bible Teach About War and Self-Defense?

Intro Verse Exodus 15:3!  The word “war” there means battle.
1.  Can a country enter into war to defend the citizens of that country with God’s approval?
Romans 13:4-5.

Most certainly the OT provides many examples of God approving of battle.  One case in Deuteronomy 20:1.

God even told the nation of Israel to destroy all the inhabitants of the Land in which they were going to live Deuteronomy 20:15-18.

2.  What does Matthew 5:39 teach, and does it apply to this subject?
It teaches that when insulted one should not respond in a way of defense.  Being slapped on the face with the palm of the hand was a great insult in that time.  Response was to be made in efforts to teach.  One is not having their life threatened in this case!  The bible teaches : Romans 12:19-21

3.  Can a Christian be in the military?
Cornelius was Acts 10:1.  Was he told to come out of it?  How did God refer to him (Acts 10:2)?  Apply also the fact that the jailor would be one who worked in a similar capacity (Acts 16:25-33)
One might employ Exodus 20:13 in argumentation stating that one could not kill.  Just what does that word there mean?  It is Strong’s # 7523 and means “to murder or slay with premeditation”.  The term murder both in the O.T. and N.T. was never used in a case of self-defense or in time of defending the country.

The military can be misused and can commit murder
4.  Does the Bible give authority to a government to execute “Capital Punishment”?
I Peter 2:13-14, Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:22, Numbers 15:32-35, and Acts 25:11.

5.  When does God forgive sinners?
I John 1:9, Isaiah 59:1-2, Luke 13:3;5, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Mark 16:15-16, and Acts 8:26-39.

6.  Did Christ approve of self-defense?
Luke 22:36 – Luke 22:38, Exodus 22:2-3, Matthew 24:43, and Luke 11:21.