But BUT....In no way can an American Christian justify themselves by comparing the ancient Hebrews to themselves....Sorry....Any other rationalization may work, but NOT that one, in my opinion.Seems to me any killing done by the Israelites as a commandment of the Lord is to cleanse sin. It was not warmongering or pleasure-it was "following orders" like any soldier can understand. The Hollywood stereotype of blood hungry soldiers has been so overplayed that even the soldiers start to believe it-until they are actually faced with that choice. Deuteronomy 9:4-5
No, we Christians that believe in self defense don't seek pleasure in killing. I am an advocate of non-lethal methods, but you also better know your physical limitations. The older I get the more appealing concealed carry becomes-especially in these times.