For those that believe in self defense...
OK, I am not interested in this thread being about pacifism. There are other threads for that.
I have no problem seeing where God consistently used authority in scripture to wield his sword and to protect people using violence if necessary. It's repeatable in the OT and taught in the NT. But I do have a question for those that defend themselves with force.
How do we square that with scriptures that teach us to turn the other cheek? Or if someone takes our coat, to give them our shirt (cloak or whatever it was I can't remember)? I can't find where God defended himself or where Jesus defended himself. I can find where God used authority to defend those under the authority and where he authorized force to do so.
I am not looking for an argument... I am looking for a discussion and some reasoning because I am not totally settled on the idea of self defense.
"May the Lamb that was slain receive the just reward for His sufferings." A quote by Moravian missionary that sold himself (along with a friend) into slavery to reach those that the slave owner prevented from hearing the gospel.
May I live for Him and not for me.