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Principles of Self-defense

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum ~ If you want peace, prepare for war

"Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13) This negative command prohibits all unjust taking of life. The positive application of this negative command is the duty to protect life. For this reason men should not be deprived of the necessary tools with which to fulfill their God-given duty to preserve life. The links below offer information from a variety of sources regarding the preservation of life,
self-defense, and the use of firearms. These sources include the Bible as well as the Reformed Standards and the foundational principles of the United States. 

Bible - Scriptural principles of self-defense

The triune God of the Christian faith has created all things. His law determines what is good and right and true. Therefore it is preeminently the scriptures of the old and new testament to which we look to establish the legitimacy of the defense of life.

Westminster Assembly - Confessional principles of the preservation of life

The Reformed Standards are instructive for our understanding of the defense of life. Their guidance and wise counsel emphasize the importance of preserving the life of ourselves and others.

Constitution - American principles of self-defense

In the American experiment, men who understood freedom set out in founding documents and supporting literature, certain self-evident truths. Men are endowed by God with the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

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