What does the Bible say about extreme fighting / violent sports?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Extremely violent sports, such as MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) are greatly increasing in popularity. Many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, struggle ...

July 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Garet Claborn
Absolutely these sports can be done by Christians with a good spirit. Do not fight as if boxing the air. If you are glorifying God whether you win or lose, if nothing else you are provided a platform during each fight, from which to thank the Lord for getting you there.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with such sport. Let's not forget Genesis 32:22-32 where God and Jacob wrestle for fun. Violence is not anti-Christian in and of itself. Men being masculine and befitting traits of a warrior is a good thing.

Christ said live by the sword die by the sword, in a situation where certainly the apostles would have been hunted down had they fought. Just verses before that Christ also said, "If you don't have sword, sell your cloak and buy one." When filled with zeal, Christ drove merchants from the temple using a scourge of cords, which is quite painful btw. More brutal than MMA I'd say.

We should not dishonor the warriors from the Hebrew tribes by pretending we are SO civil today that we no longer relate. Christ is not a hippie, he promotes making good choices. There is a time for all things, and fighting is certainly appropriate in the setting of sport.

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