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What the New Testament says about the gun control issue

It seems all the news currently is about guns etc.   Since most Christians either do not know or refuse to believe what is recorded in the Sermon on the Mount, perhaps it would be wise to look again at what Jesus said in Matthew 5:38, 39, 43 and 44:

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

 But I say unto you that ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.    

Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy.’

 But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.”   

Most arguments supporting the right to bear arms deal with the freedom to retaliate defend and protect against an enemy or the state.  This all sounds good if the Constitution of the United States is greater than the Word of God. 

The truth is, Jesus did not carry a weapon nor did His disciples.  The only record of any violence was when Peter stole the guard’s sword and cut off his ear.  Jesus immediately reprimanded Peter and miraculously reattached the ear on the man’s head.  Jesus then said that he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.

Throughout the New Testament there are exhortations to rejoice in persecution but nowhere is there a command to shoot, stab, beat or punch a person who wrongs you.  In fact, Jesus exhorted us to forgive those that despitefully use us, persecute us and bedevil us.  The love of God, as shown forth in the New Testament, is far greater than the desire for revenge and vengeance that fills the pages of the Old Testament. 

All arguments in favor of utter freedom to own whatever arms one wants under the pretense of self defense or vigilantism are based entirely on Old Testament accounts for there is not a single place in the New Testament that urges this kind of behavior.  In the Old Testament God’s people wrestled against flesh and blood enemies who needed to be eliminated. 

In the New Testament God’s people wrestle NOT against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers aligned with the devil.  No gun can kill a demon.  No weapon of the flesh can defend us against the anger, bitterness, maliciousness and other things brought up by Paul throughout his epistles.

It is my understanding from the New Testament that we, as God’s people, need to see through spiritual eyes and not the physical.  We are exhorted to lay down our physical arms and put on the armor of God which has only one offensive piece which is the sword of the SPIRIT and not some physical weapon of the flesh.  We need to do what God says and not what man says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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