What does the bible say about self defense?
There are very contrasting views regarding violence in the bible, as the new testament clearly downplays the mentions of violence in the old testament. But, exactly what does the bible say about self defense? While there are no straight answers given in the bible, there are subtle clues and hints at the action.
In Matthew 5:9, it mentions the blessedness bestowed on peacemakers, thereby helping us refrain from direct violence or vengeance of any sort. While Jesus’ plea to turn the other cheek in Matthew 5:38-39 urges his people to disregard retaliation or the eye for an eye phrase. But, if you journey back to Exodus 22:2-3, you might come across the following:
“If a thief is caught breaking into a house at night and is killed, the one who killed him is not guilty of murder. But if it happens during the day, he is guilty of murder.”
This clearly depicts the act of self-defense in the dark of night. So, leaving it to an interpretation, we can put in a way to show the bible’s advocating stance toward self-defense. The bible also leaves to interpretation the use of wisdom and understanding judgment when it comes to self-defense. The other verses include Luke 11:21:
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe”.
This indicates a protective stance on the part of a Christian, and in a way, the very essence of self-defense.