In my own firearm training, my instructor actually told me it’s better that you not carry if you are not ready to kill in a moment in time. So whenever a Christian takes on their body the capacity and the willingness in their heart to kill another human being, that, to me, is a serious moral and ethical crisis. It’s also a serious theological problem, because we have to ask, “Is is it always the will of God that I survive a violent confrontation?”
I am a Catholic, and the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church are handy in my laptop:
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. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not.“65
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.
2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.
I doubt pretty much that any Evangelicals would have different view on this matter. I know Judaism goes pretty much along similar lines. I am not sure, but I think even the the ultra pacifist Quakers agree with defending yourself.
Now the important question they ask is this:
“Is is it always the will of God that I survive a violent confrontation?”
If you, willingly, renounce to use the means, both mentally and physically that God has given you to survive a life-ending violent attack, then you are committing suicide. In our side of the street, that is a Mortal Sin. Going back to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2280 Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him.
It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life.
We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls.
We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us.
It is not ours to dispose of.
2281 Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life.
It is gravely contrary to the just love of self.
It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we continue to have obligations.
Suicide is contrary to love for the living God.
2282 If suicide is committed with the intention of setting an example, especially to the young, it also takes on the gravity of scandal.
Voluntary co-operation in suicide is contrary to the moral law.
Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.
It is both morally and religiously right to defend oneself or others even if death of the attacker is the outcome. To say otherwise and to block the holy right that people have to save their lives is morally despicable. It is no different than the mullahs brainwashing drug-controlled kids into wearing a suicide vest and go blast an open market full people.
But morally absent idiots like CSGV dare to call us degenerates. Imbeciles like Moms Demand try to paint us as Unchristian. But it would not be the first time that a group of idiots twist religion to satisfy whatever sick notion of power they have. When I call CSGV a cult, I am not being funny or insulting, I am just calling it like they truly are. And apparently Shannon Watts wants to add High Priestess to her resume.
We will be happy to keep destroying your molten calf.