Faith & Self-Defense

Faith & Self-Defense

  1. GeneralSumter
    GeneralSumter
    Are you less likely to shoot someone because of your faith in Christ? Here's what I mean. If some guy wants your wallet and that's it, do you give it to him rather than pull your gun and send him to let God judge?

    If you're alone, and you're carjacked, do you give the guy your truck and spare his life, or shoot him?

    It's one thing to defend your family from attack, but it's another to take his life for material things... you see what I'm getting at? Is there a point where you decide it's better to give the BG your material possessions and let God judge rather than send him to judgment yourself?

    Just a discussion starter.
  2. utimmer43
    utimmer43
    I would assume that said carjacking or robbery is at gun or knifepoint. If at gunpoint, it's probably already too late to draw and fire, but if I get the opportunity, I take the shot. Just because he says "give me your car/ wallet or I'll shoot" doesn't mean he won't shoot anyway. If it's at knifepoint I'll atleast draw, and depending on his proximity and reaction, I'll decide weather to fire or not.

    Again, this isn't just so that I may retain my material possessions, it is that I can't be 100% sure that compliance will keep me alive.
  3. mbass
    mbass
    I am a professor of theology, and the question of faith arises nearly every semester when the students find that I am a CCP holder. Usually I have the students debate the question, and then I have them write papers arguing their personal view on the subject.HAHA

    In my opinion, regardless of whether or not my family is with me, they depend on me. Thus, if even alone, I will administer heavy doses of lead vitamins!! It may not be a theological answer, but it is certainly a logical answer, which then can be supported theologically!!!HAHA
  4. TinkerBang
    TinkerBang
    If it were me the BG does not get my wallet because it has to much personal info such as address what's stopping him from coming to my house to inflicting more trauma to me or my family. So yes shot.
    The car issue is iffy. My car is a hunk of junk. HAHA.
  5. Conservative Wife & Mom
    Conservative Wife & Mom
    Whether or not robbery is at gunpoint, first toss wallet some distance beyond perpetrator. As he/she goes to retrieve it, pull your gun and surprise perp. If he/she acts in a threatening way and you feel that you are in danger, by all means, shoot. The issue isn't about the wallet...it's about surviving.
  6. HK4U
    HK4U
    He made a choice. Sow the wind, reap the whirl wind.
  7. DougG
    DougG
    I think we would each reach that decission in a split second. God will be with us if it happens.
  8. festus
    festus
    I will stand firm in my faith and not back away from evil!
  9. rugerdon
    rugerdon
    I am a new member and a Roman Catholic. This is an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church as it pertains to explanation of the Fifth Commandment: "Thou shalt not commit murder."

    2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing...
    ...2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:
    If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful (i.e.sinful): whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one's own life than of another's.66
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