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Scripture Passages Addressing Gun Violence

These texts certainly do not exhaust the passages that may speak to the challenges of gun violence, public violence, and mass shootings. These are only a few of the passages that may be instructive in study, preaching, and reflection on the epidemic of gun violence and the challenges we face in preventing it.
 

OLD TESTAMENT

  • Genesis 1:27 - We are created in the image of God
  • Exodus 20:13 - Thou shall not kill
  • Leviticus 19 - God’s shalom to reign in all aspects of life
  • Deuteronomy 21:1-9 - Take Responsibility for a murder
  • Deuteronomy 30:11; 19-20 - Choose life that you may live
  • Isaiah 2:3-4 - Beat swords into plowshares
  • Isaiah 9:5-7 - Unto us a child is born
  • Isaiah 11:1-9 - A vision of peace
  • Isaiah 30:9 - Those who spurn God’s call to righteousness
  • Isaiah 40: 1-11 - Comfort for God’s people
  • Isaiah 58:12 - Being a repairer of the breach
  • Jeremiah 29: 1 - Seek the Welfare of the City
  • Zechariah 8:1 - Zechariah’s vision of New Jerusalem

NEW TESTAMENT

  • Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Matthew 5:13 - You are the salt of the earth, light of world
  • Matthew 6:10 - Thy Kingdom Come on earth • Matthew 19:19 - Love your neighbor as yourself
  • Matthew 26:52 - Those who live by the sword die by it
  • Luke 10:25-28 - Thinking is important The Great commandment
  • Luke 22:47-53 - Jesus and Violence
  • I Corinthians 13 - Greatest of these is love
  • II Corinthians 5:16 - God gave us the ministry of reconciliation
  • Galatians 6:7-10 - Don’t lose heart
  • Ephesians 6:10 - Wrestling against a gigantic evil
  • Philippians 2:1 - The Mind of Christ
  • Revelation 5:9-13 - The victor over evil is Lamb who was slain
  • Revelation 11:15 - Kingdoms of world become kingdoms of Christ
  • Revelation 19:6 - God’s certain victory over evil

This list was compiled by the PC(USA) and is shared with permission.