What Does the Bible Say About Gun Control?
Yeah. I know this is kind of funny because guns weren’t invented until the 13th century AD, long after the Bible was written. However, there are three very interesting passages that are applicable.The first is:
1 Samuel 13:19-22 NIV
Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plowshares, mattocks, axes and sickles sharpened. The price was two thirds of a shekel for sharpening plowshares and mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.
So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.
The Philistines practiced “sword control” when they ruled over Israel. What was the result? The Israelites became really good with stones, slings and arrows. So good that David brought down Goliath with a stone in the forehead and used Goliath’s sword thereafter.
Under David, the Israelites killed many Philistines and took their swords and used them against other Philistines. We call that guerilla warfare today. The lesson I see from 1000 BC? It doesn’t work. People will just find another way to kill one another.
The second reference in the scripture that I found is:
Proverbs 26:18-19 NIV
Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
Solomon wrote Proverbs some 60 years after the Philistines were overthrown by the Israelites and references apparent madmen who killed random passersby by shooting arrows into a crowd.
What does that tell me? It is a human condition. We find madmen killing people randomly 3000 years ago in an entirely different culture, and chances are, that means there will be madmen today.
The third reference came from Jesus:
Luke 13:1-3 NIV
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
There will be people who try to exalt themselves and claim a righteousness that isn’t theirs. They will look at these poor souls who died in Orlando and tell themselves that these people were worse sinners than they are and so they had it coming.
Jesus shakes His head to this and says, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Many of these people thought they would have time to repent and make things right with God—perhaps when they were older. They went out clubbing and partying with plans for this week.
You do not know when your time will be up.
Each time we see incidents like this one, we should all stop and examine ourselves. Are we living the life we wish to stand behind when we are judged by our Creator?
2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?