I am 56. I was saved on May 9th, 1972, 38 years ago, thus my blood birthday and spiritual birthday are the same. It is easy then so I do not forget either!
I celebrate both annually.
I love your comments, BTW, to our new guest- Alex. Well stated.
I have read all of the post on this thread; After reading. I still have a question.
Personally, I would use a gun to defend myself, my family or anyone that could not defend themselves. If It were to result in the death of another. I would certainly, be instantly on my knees, begging Gods forgiveness. Which, I know he would forgive me for (Because, I did not want to take a life)
My question though: Goes back to the Garden, when the soldiers, came to seize Christ.
Peter, grabbed a sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers Right?
How did Peter get that sword? Did he grab it from one of the soldiers or was did he carry it the whole time, while following Christ? I think this is relevent to this conversation...
Because, if he carried it the whole time, that would mean Christ does allow for us to defend ourselves in any manner required. Even by force....If he stole it from the soldier, then was it Peter's own anger and desire to protect the Lord, that provoked the Attack?
Does anyone know any verses that would, indicate, whether, it was Peter's sword or taken from a soldier?