Since guns were not a weapon used in ancient times you might ask if the Bible can be used as a reference point at all?
Of course it can.
The Bible is an instruction book for everything in our lives today and the answers to all of our questions can be found in it.
The Bible does not mention the modern weapon of a gun, but it sure talks a lot about warfare, weaponry and even self-defense.
Let’s start with the Old Testament and then move on to see what Jesus has to say in the New Testament.
In the time of King David each man was expected to have his own sword ready. There was no organized military to protect the citizens.
If the time came, the leader of the day would summon the men in his nation to ‘put on your swords’.
David said to his men, “Each of you put on your swords!” So they did. David put his sword on too. About 400 men went up with David. Two hundred men stayed behind with the supplies.”1 Samuel 25:13
Every man was expected to have a weapon ready to be holstered should the time for defense or fighting arise.
Does that mean we should all own a gun today and be trigger happy when we feel threatened?
Of course not.
If we choose to exercise our ‘right to bear arms’, we should use utmost concern when it comes to the usage of this privilege.
Give praise to the Lord, my Rock. He trains my hands for war. He trains my fingers for battle.Psalm 144:1
Especially when it comes to self-defense, we should be ready to act so as to protect ourselves and our families.
Suppose you catch a thief breaking into your house at night. And suppose you hit the thief and the thief dies. Then you are not guilty of murder.Exodus 22:2
Are you starting to get the picture here…? Yes, breaking and entering was a thing even back in biblical times. And yes, there were laws regarding self-defense to deal with situations like these.
Jesus even approves the use of weapons for self-defense when he is giving his final instructions to his disciples before going to the cross.
He actually instructs his disciples to purchase side arms for self-defense in preparation for the high level of persecution that would be facing in the future.
Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Did you need anything when I sent you without a purse, bag or sandals?”
“Nothing,” they answered.
He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it. And also take a bag. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. It is written, ‘He was counted among those who had committed crimes.’ I tell you that what is written about me must come true. Yes, it is already coming true.”
The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
“Two swords are enough!” he replied.Luke 22:35-38
The interesting part about this instruction is that when it came time to defend Jesus with the swords that He had commanded his disciples to carry, Jesus told them to ‘put your sword back in its place.’
It is clear in this command that Jesus is actually protecting the lives of his disciples by allowing the will of God to be carried out.
To paraphrase this command Jesus would be saying, “This is not the right time for us to fight.”
Jesus is aware that his disciples are carrying weapons and yet he is instructing them not to use them in an aggressive way.
It is very obvious to me that we are to promote peace.
Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called children of God.Matthew 5:9
And, whenever possible, be kind to each other.
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye must be put out for an eye. A tooth must be knocked out for a tooth.’ But here is what I tell you. Do not fight against an evil person. Suppose someone slaps you on your right cheek. Turn your other cheek to them also. Suppose someone takes you to court to get your shirt. Let them have your coat also.Matthew 5:38-40
Wow! I mean that’s a bit of a contradiction, right? Ha.
Actually, I would argue that Jesus is instructing us to own a weapon for self-defense, but not to use it for violent or aggressive purposes.
So, is a gun by itself violent? Um, no!
If we try to control guns, will that do anything to prevent evil in the hands of a violent person? No.
The gun is not the problem.
Sure, mentally ill individuals who have a higher likelihood of causing harm to themselves or others, should not be allowed to own a gun. Duh.
But, trying to make a connection between the gun being the problem and therefore it should be banned, is ludicrous.
It’s like saying a spoon made me fat. Ha.
The first murder in the Bible was committed by Cain, the son of Adam and Eve. He killed his brother, Abel.
He might have used a stone, or a knife, or even just his hands.
Weapons themselves are not evil. The user is who we need to be worried about.
And rather than worry, why not pray?
The best way I can fight is on my knees.*
*Read more on How To Fight.