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  2. Hello Shiachat I came back after a long absence due to my curiousity over what Shiachat members think concerning the people who killed journalists in Paris. If you could please express your opinion on the incident, I would very much appreciate that. My opinion is based on Jesus Christ. I know many people, especially Atheists of course, mock and insult Jesus Christ. While I'm definitely not perfect and have sometimes reacted verbally in anger to people, I am learning to ask forgiveness and to love people even when they bother me. It is a maturing process, maturing in God's amazing love and grace. Jesus Christ specifically commanded his followers to love their enemies (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-37). While I don't consider Atheists or people who mock Jesus Christ to be my enemies, they have rejected Jesus Christ. Does that mean I should kill or insult them? Nope! Jesus Christ has given commands and his very own example on what to do to enemies. Jesus Christ did not kill his enemies, either the Romans who were oppressing his people the Jews or the Jewish people who rejected him. Rather, he forgave them (Luke 23:34). In the same way, the first Christian martyr, a Jewish man whose English name is Stephen, forgave his enemies who stoned him to death (Acts 7:59-60). So, even when followers of Jesus Christ face death, we are not commanded to even defend ourselves. (American ideology does not follow Jesus Christ's commands and example in regards to self-defense and fighting/occupying other peoples' land.) Now, Jesus Christ did command his apostles to flee persecution: "When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes." - Matthew 10:23 (NIV) While many people consider fleeing and nonviolence to be weak, it requires spiritual strength to not seek revenge. It is so easy to lash out against people, and it requires spiritual strength to see the big picture. For example, I am ashamed to say while watching another Vice News video, I was insulting people who were killing and eating dogs, while tears were streaming down my face. I hated those people. It took me falling on my knees before God, asking for forgiveness for hating them, to change me. I am ashamed of hating those people, disobeying Jesus Christ. When I hated those people, I was disobeying Jesus Christ and was actually being spiritually weak. While insulting them, I had imagined being there, insulting them to their faces, but that would been following my own sinful flesh instead of following Jesus Christ. I am glad that I did not insult them to their faces, and i pray that God continues to mature me so that if I am ever there, I can show them God's love and help them with kindness see that what they are doing is not the best thing to do. That takes more courage and spiritual strength than hating and insulting and using violence against people. I am grateful to God that He forgave me for my sins of hating and insulting these people on TV, and is helping me change, transform from wanting revenge to wanting them to know God's amazing grace and love. What do you think? Thanks and God bless you
  3. (salam) I live in a city ravaged with street thugs and armed robbers, and I'm now considering keeping a pistol in my car so I can shoot robbers that try to rob me. This is how I see it: When they point the gun at me, I surrender everything to them, and they (probably two guys on a motorcycle) ride off. I grab the pistol from underneath my seat, step out and shoot them in the back. What I wanted to ask was whether it is permissible to kill someone right after they rob you at gunpoint. Only then will I do it. So what do our scholars say?
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