dedicated to Bob S.
and all the other biblical justifiers.
This is what happens
when gun-rights people try to use the Bible to justify that which cannot be justified.
According the Bible the Lord Jesus Christ says “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.”(Luke 11 verse 21) The second amendment states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the rights of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (The Constitution of the United States) This is a right to every American Citizen. Therefore, the gun control legislation that takes away some American Citizens right to bear arms is in violation of the second amendment.
That sounds like a pretty good correlation. I mean, Jesus himself said it, right.
Here's how John Gill
interprets this verse.
By the strong man, is meant the devil; (See Gill on Matthew 12:29) and who may be said to be "armed", both with his own temptations, which are as fiery darts, and which are thrown by him thick and fast, suddenly and swiftly, privily, and with great art and cunning, and with great strength, and are very injurious; and also with the sins and lusts of men, which are armour of unrighteousness, and which Satan turns upon them, and makes use of against them, to their great detriment; and who
keepeth his palace:
which is the corrupt heart of an unregenerate man, where he dwells as a king, has his throne, keeps his court, and has his courtiers, and attendants, the lusts of the flesh, and the desires of the will, and the carnal affections; and which, as filthy a palace as it is, is perfectly agreeable to his nature; and this is kept by a guard of devils, and worldly lusts, till its strong holds are demolished by the Gospel, and Christ the King of glory enters in; till such time,
his goods are in peace:
there is no concern in such an heart about sin, no uneasiness on that account, no sense of danger, nor inquiry after salvation; no dread upon the mind at the curses of the law, nor fears of hell, and damnation; but such a man lives in entire security, crying Peace, Peace, to himself.
Now who would have thought it meant that? Certainly not the author of that silly 2nd Amendment apology. It takes a theologian to do that.
Even reading the Latin Vulgate which was THE Bible for over a 1000 years, you might not get it.
cum fortis armatus custodit atrium suum in pace sunt ea quae possidet
"fortis armatus" sure looks like "strong man, armed."
From the Greek, it's no easier.
ὅταν ὁ ἰσχυρὸς καθωπλισμένος φυλάσσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ αὐλήν, ἐν εἰρήνῃ ἐστὶ τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ·
"ἰσχυρὸς καθωπλισμένος" also looks like "strong man, armed," except for the fact that this particular biblical use of "strong man" refers to "the devil."
What's your opinion? Isn't it pretty silly when pro-gun guys get all pseudo-intellectual on us and try to quote the Bible? Isn't it embarrassing when they get it so wrong?
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