Friday, April 13, 2012

Exploring Christianity and Violence

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Evangelist  Jeremy Hodges from Google plus.  We explored the New Testament position on violence.  There was a particular emphasis on Self Defense.

***Warning ***  This topic is extremely unpopular and may challenge your current beliefs.

What does the New Testament say about violence?
What does the New Testament say about self Defense?

I encourage you to take a listen as we explore some recent threads I posted relevant to these topics.  You can find most of the links here!

Below you will find a lot of the scripture references that we discussed - and then some.

Strap on your seat belts as you put on your headphones and ask yourself  - "What does the New Testament say?"

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As you listen ask yourself  - "Are there any post cross scriptures that encourage self defense by using physical violence?"

Love, Pray, and do good to our enemies  -Matthew 5:44
Soldiers can do violence to NO man -  Luke 3:14
Recompense NO man evil for evil -   Romans 12:17; 1 Peter 3:9
Don’t avenge yourselves -      Romans 12:19
Overcome evil with Good -        Romans 12:21
See that NONE render evil for evil -    1 Thessalonians 5:15  
When Christians are persecuted flee  - Matthew 10:23
Some refused to be saved! -   Hebrews 11:35

We welcome your comments!  


  1. Yeah this was a very sad conversation. You post scriptures and they were totally ignored. Kind of a joke really. lol I realized it was more about certain doctrines taught by men more than actually dealing with the right question.

  2. Hey Dan J. Good to see you over here.

  3. What an interesting conversation! I agree that we should not wound anyone with weapons in self-defense. But if one can, I agree with using our hands and feet to defend ourselves.

  4. taken out of context. don't put emphasis where it doesn't belong.

    Do violence to "no man" in Luke is a good general guideline... but it doesn't mean in every situation. Context is important.

    Don't be afraid to shoot someone who's about to shoot you. That is self-defense.

    -Guess Who.