What does the Bible say about physical fighting?

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
I know that fighting is okay in self defense, but what does the Bible say about fighting someone otherwise? I guess the "turn the other cheek" doctrine would probably answer this question though.
 

HisManySongs

Administrator
Staff member
Senior Moderator
Mar 1, 2006
6,646
815
113
USA
I know that fighting is okay in self defense, but what does the Bible say about fighting someone otherwise? I guess the "turn the other cheek" doctrine would probably answer this question though.
Matthew 5:39 (NLT)
But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.
If someone were to slap you on the right cheek with their right (usually dominant) hand, how would they do it?

With the back of their hand.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Juk
Jan 19, 2015
396
515
93
24
Alaska
If you referring to fighting like as in martial arts/wrestling?

If that's the case, there is nothing specific about it. However, like anything, you are free to do it. If it gets in between you and God, you probably shouldn't do it. But you can definetly honor God in wrestling/martial arts like you would in any other sport.

If you're starting fights for fun, that is wrong though, but that's pretty self explanatory
 
  • Like
Reactions: KingJ and Juk

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
If someone were to slap you on the right cheek with their right (usually dominant) hand, how would they do it?

With the back of their hand.
So that means that they can easily slap you twice in a row. Maybe that is why Jesus said this. But this verse seems to go against self defense as well.
 

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
If you referring to fighting like as in martial arts/wrestling?

If that's the case, there is nothing specific about it. However, like anything, you are free to do it. If it gets in between you and God, you probably shouldn't do it. But you can definetly honor God in wrestling/martial arts like you would in any other sport.

If you're starting fights for fun, that is wrong though, but that's pretty self explanatory
The thing is that I have been having a really high desire to fight someone recently because I believe that every man should have at least one fight in his life. Of course this is not biblical. I am a really nice guy (because I try to live like Christ to the best of my ability), so people will not fight me. But I will only fight someone in the case of self defense, and my cases of self defense seem to be really narrow. I believe that if someone strikes at you once, you should not strike back because your safety is not in danger. But if the are repeatedly attacking you, of course you must fight back to save your life. I know that this sounds really weird though heh.
 
Jan 19, 2015
396
515
93
24
Alaska
Self defense is biblical, even the apostles had swords. However the love for violence is what we are warned against.

I understand your desire to fight, its a guy thing. If you really want to fight, join your wrestling team, or something along those lines, that way you're safe and you get training.

If neither of those are a possibility, you can always get one of your friends, a pair of gloves, and have some fun in the backyard. So long as there is a mutual agreement and you still love each other in the end, I see nothing wrong :ROFLMAO:
 
  • Like
Reactions: KingJ and Juk

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
Self defense is biblical, even the apostles had swords. However the love for violence is what we are warned against.

I understand your desire to fight, its a guy thing. If you really want to fight, join your wrestling team, or something along those lines, that way you're safe and you get training.

If neither of those are a possibility, you can always get one of your friends, a pair of gloves, and have some fun in the backyard. So long as there is a mutual agreement and you still love each other in the end, I see nothing wrong :ROFLMAO:
I like swords as well. Also, my mom won't let me do wrestling because she thinks that I will get hurt. She wants me to play a sport, though, and all sports and are dangerous and have a chance of death.
 
Jan 19, 2015
396
515
93
24
Alaska
While I can't argue that wrestling isn't dangerous (I broke my leg, had a buddy break both his arms multiple times, and had another friend tear his trachea)
It taught me alot, not just for fighting, but it made me a bit more of a man.
But like you said, most sport is dangerous, american football probably being on the top. If you're really interested in something, and express a sincere desire for it, your mom may soften her heart towards it and atleast let you try.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Juk

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
Self defense is biblical, even the apostles had swords. However the love for violence is what we are warned against.

I understand your desire to fight, its a guy thing. If you really want to fight, join your wrestling team, or something along those lines, that way you're safe and you get training.

If neither of those are a possibility, you can always get one of your friends, a pair of gloves, and have some fun in the backyard. So long as there is a mutual agreement and you still love each other in the end, I see nothing wrong :ROFLMAO:
I don't love violence. In fact, when I see most cases of violence, I get a bit scared.
 

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
While I can't argue that wrestling isn't dangerous (I broke my leg, had a buddy break both his arms multiple times, and had another friend tear his trachea)
It taught me alot, not just for fighting, but it made me a bit more of a man.
But like you said, most sport is dangerous, american football probably being on the top. If you're really interested in something, and express a sincere desire for it, your mom may soften her heart towards it and atleast let you try.
Hopefully.
 
Dec 19, 2014
5,812
2,481
113
New Zealand
www.literatelibrarian.com
Fighting as in..? Well David struck Goliath with just a small stone.
Gideon was chicken but the Lord fought the battle for him instead and he emerged victor cos he listened to God.
Jesus fought satan by using the sword of his Word- scripture. He died, but he came back to life again.
So even if you do die, death has no sting. We are victorious even over death.

Angels are always fighting for you and protecting you- its a spiritual battle.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Juk

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
Fighting as in..? Well David struck Goliath with just a small stone.
Gideon was chicken but the Lord fought the battle for him instead and he emerged victor cos he listened to God.
Jesus fought satan by using the sword of his Word- scripture. He died, but he came back to life again.
So even if you do die, death has no sting. We are victorious even over death.

Angels are always fighting for you and protecting you- its a spiritual battle.
I mean as in fighting someone physically, not in a spiritual sense.
 
Dec 19, 2014
5,812
2,481
113
New Zealand
www.literatelibrarian.com
We dont wrestle with flesh and blood...

If you just playfighting with a friend, i suppose thats ok. I dont know am not a boy so dont really understand why boys do this. If you just want to show some muscle and impress someone, best thing is to carry something heavy for a girl. My hero..
 
  • Like
Reactions: Juk

Juk

Account Closed
Jan 17, 2015
1,760
500
113
17
New Jersey
We dont wrestle with flesh and blood...

If you just playfighting with a friend, i suppose thats ok. I dont know am not a boy so dont really understand why boys do this. If you just want to show some muscle and impress someone, best thing is to carry something heavy for a girl. My hero..
I just want to practice my spinning back kick on someone.
 
Feb 2, 2014
6,888
5,852
113
American
www.abdicate.net
I know that fighting is okay in self defense, but what does the Bible say about fighting someone otherwise? I guess the "turn the other cheek" doctrine would probably answer this question though.
That verse doesn't mean to let them walk all over you, but you pause your response to ponder what Jesus would do. To respond in the heat of the moment leads to grave errors.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Juk