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Introduction

12

 

  • The Context

12

 

  • The Response

14

 

  • The Direction

14

Chapter 1: The Burden and Standard of Proof

17

 

Burden of Proof

17

 

Standard of Proof

18

 

 

  • Admissibility of Evidence

19

 

 

  • Magnitude of Evidence

20

 

 

  • Significance of Evidence

22

Chapter 2: Interpreting Scriptures

24

 

Maxim 1: The Greater Principle Contains the Lesser Principle


25

 

 

  • Law of Sabbath v. Law of Necessity


27

 

 

  • Jesus Extends Greater Good to Saving Life


30

 

 

  • You Cannot Please God When Your Interpretation Harms Man

 

 

36

 

Maxim 2: When an interpretation is susceptible of two meanings—one in favor of natural right and the other against it—the former must be adopted.

 

 

 

39

 

 

  • God Created Human Nature: Preservation and Protection

 

40

 

 

  • Abraham Used Natural Right to Convince God Not to Kill Innocent People

 

 

41

 

 

  • Natural Rights Serve as Basis for Human Compassion

 

42

 

 

 

  • Scripture Confirms Natural Rights

 

44

 

 

  • Israel Resisted King Saul for Violating Natural Right

 

45

 

 

  • Anti-Christ Denies Natural Right

 

47

 

Maxim 3: The Interpretation Must Be Reasonable, Not Absurd

 

49

 

  • God Expects Man to Act More Justly Than Animals

 

50

 

 

  • God Requires Protection and Improvement

 

51

 

Chapter 3: Scriptural Comparatives of the Right to Keep Arms

 

53

 

Argument 1: “Rejoice in Suffering”

54

 

 

  • “Rejoice in Suffering” is an Old Testament Doctrine

 

54

 

 

  • “Rejoice in Suffering Equals No Self-Defense” Is Illogical

 

57

 

 

  • Using People or Scriptures?

61

 

 

  • A Secular Philosopher’s View

67

 

Argument 2. “If You Live by the Sword, You Will Perish by the Sword”

 

72

 

 

 

  • Instructions, “Put Up Thy Sword”, Did Not Prohibit Sword Possession

 

 

73

 

 

  • Jesus “It-is-Enough” Response to Inquiry about Number of Swords

 

 

75

 

 

  • “Live by the Sword-Die by the Sword” Statement Confirms Self-Defense

 

 

76

 

 

  • Jesus Uses Old Testament Term To Reveal Meaning

 

79

 

 

 

  • Jesus’ Instructions Opposed Roman Law

 

81

 

 

  • The Unrecorded Response of the Soldiers

 

83

 

 

  • Roman Warrior Shows Christian Faith

 

84

 

 

  • Roman and Hebrew Self-Defense Philosophy Reconfirmed

 

 

87

 

Argument 3: “Do Not Resist Evil”

91

 

 

  • Jesus Shows When Killing Is Justified

 

91

 

 

 

  • Jesus Uses Old Testament to Illustrate Christian Doctrine

 

92

 

 

  • Turn the Other Cheek

92

 

 

  • Eye for Eye

98

 

 

  • Love Thy Enemy

100

 

 

  • Jesus Responds to Specific Cultural Conditions

 

102

 

Argument 4: “Do Not Render Evil for Evil

 

104

 

 

  • 1 Thessalonians chapter 5

105

 

 

  • 1 Peter chapter 3

108

 

 

  • Romans chapter 12

114

Chapter 4: The Christian’s Response

119

 

Necessity

120

 

Proportionality

122

 

 

  • Magnitude of Risk

122

 

 

  • Context of Probability

127

Conclusion

131

Endnotes

134

 

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