about taking up a weapon

Genesis 9


Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

This verse in Genesis is just one example of how extremely seriously God takes violence. It seems to be saying that whoever takes somebody's life will be guilty and have his life taken by somebody. I think this even applies to soldiers, police officers, and other people who we might look at as having the "right to kill."

Matthew 26:52
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Now, obviously, I have no plans to go out and kill somebody myself any time soon, anyway-- but I think this verse would be a good reminder today, and an important lesson for all of us to keep in mind all the time.

Revelation 13:10
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
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