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I have a question to ask you. I would then like you to ask it of others, particularly of Christians:
How many innocent people would you be willing to kill – purely to defend yourself?
For example, let’s say you are well armed and an armed robber is shooting at you – but the robber is holding a hostage directly in front of him.
Or, suppose someone is shooting at you from within a crowd. Maybe some in the crowd don’t like you. Let’s push it even further and say that most of them hate you, and sympathize with the attacker. To shoot back, you would be aiming at the attacker, but you know you would also hit others.
How many of them would you be willing to kill, even absolutely and purely in self-defense?
I asked this question of someone fairly high up in military intelligence recently. I had to press the point as he beat around the bush for a while. His (eventual) response? "I’m not sure I know the answer to that question." Well, at least he was thinking about it.
If your own answer is unclear – or anything greater than zero – you have a moral problem. Your hope is in murder to save your own life. The choice is either to face it or to deceive and justify yourself.