Mary- Teresia G.
I think killing somebody in self-defence whether legal or not is uncalled for. Every human being is answerable to one Supreme Being and His Laws/Commandments should be followed. If I try to keep His Laws, I believe I will be protected and defended. Therefore, killing in self-defence is not Christian at all.
I do not think killing anybody for any reason is proper. I would rather pray for that person. Personally I am not afraid of dying. If somebody attacks me now with the intention to kill, it means today is my last day. I will never kill even to defend myself. Of course this is absolutely not Christian.
If it is permitted to kill in self-defence as nobody has the right to kill another, then I see nothing wrong in that. If in defending myself I hurt the other person, that is fine. In a strict Christian sense one is not supposed to kill. The Ten Commandments say "Thou shall not kill". But imagine that your life is being threatened and in the course of defending yourself you kill somebody, I think that is an accident.
If somebody breaks into your house unexpectedly, it means he has an evil intention. There are several ways of preventing this person from harming you other than killing him. But when the force is disproportionate and a threat, at short notice you do not have enough time to think. When you kill in retaliation it ceases to be murder and becomes self-defence. Although there may be a grey area, the intention of carrying out the act is what really matters. If you meditate and kill somebody to revenge something he did, it ceases to be self-defence, but if it is a spontaneous act resulting from a threat, then it is self- defence. I believe self-defence has its place and I support it. Taking somebody's life is not Christian but, to be honest, if it comes to a situation where it is either you or I who dies, I will definitely prefer to stay alive.
Dr. Anthony Ndi: St. John the Baptist Mission Station, Nkwen
Killing in self-defence does not contravene either God's or Church laws. If somebody does not defend the life God has given him, that person is committing suicide. I should not just lie back and accept to be killed. I should defend myself. I think it is Christian to kill in self-defence. God has given you a life to take care of. The life is not yours, it comes from God and you have to do everything to preserve and protect it.
Kenneth Navti: St. John the Baptist Mission Station, Nkwen
In my opinion, killing in self-defence is morally wrong. I believe self-defence should be used as a protective measure. But if you plan to kill in self-defence then it is morally wrong. From a Christian perspective, we are not supposed to kill in self-defence, but we should protect ourselves from danger.
Margaret Ndzelen: Archdiocesan Chairperson of Social Communication
The situation determines what is meant by killing in self-defence. If I am unexpectedly knocked on my head, by reflex I will immediately give a punch in return. But from a Christian point of view, if I know that somebody is coming to kill me, I will muster a lot of courage, pray and rely on God. I will wait to be killed rather than kill my aggressor in self- defence. This requires a lot of trust in God, especially when you are not guilty of anything. If am killed because of my Faith, I will really pray to God for the courage to accept to die. For me killing in self-defence is not in anyway Christian.