What if we encounter a non-Christian woman about to be murdered? What ought we to do, if being a human shield isn't a viable option?
One thing you need to understand about someone properly trained in Karate is that they are far more likely to walk away from a fight then someone who isn't trained. When you get slammed around three or four times a week in training, the idea of fighting someone on the street has zero appeal.
When there is no other option, a properly trained person will be able to use the minimum amount of force rather than just lashing back out of control and hurt someone far more than necessary. Everyone gets faced with danger once in awhile. Keeping calm and staying in control is really what training will do for you "on the street" far more than knowing how to punch or kick someone.
The really advanced teachers I have known were all very humble.
It's besides the point. Christianity is about Non-resistance. Karate is not needed for non resistance. Turning the other cheek, forgiving, and praying for those who persecute you is all you need.
I doubt it... Dangerous situations come upon people in an instant. You react based on instinct and training if you have any. If you dont know how to handle yourself you will most likely make the situation worse, get hurt worse and maybe hurt someone else far worse than if you are ready.
Sitting back and taking it, while commendable, is nearly impossible in reality, especially if you are untrained.
Plus there are many different kinds of situations. i would want my daughter to know how to defend herself if someone tries to rape her.
Having the time to decide you will turn the other cheek before being led into the Arena to be fed to lions is different than when someone jumps you without warning.
I know EXACTLY what you mean. I agree with you, it's nearly impossible.
The question then exists, if we are focused on Jesus Christ, his persecution, his forgiveness, and his example often enough, would that be enough to practice non-resistance.
Or is putting our focus into martial arts ready to defend ourselves a better focus?
I guess I'm asking not what is "more practical", but "what is Christian" and "what would God want us to do"?
This is not the question for me.
This is something I pray about often.
What do you do in a situation like this?
Cry out to God?
Throw a distraction? (Jump in front and start singing Ricky Martin songs?)
Or get between them and plead, cry out to God, take the beating, stabbing, bullet for her and tell her to run?
But your question was hypothetical. "What if".
Do we prepare for complete resistance on "what if's". Do we dedicate that much time, effort, etc., preparing for an event that probably won't happen.
There's not a perfect answer for this.
"What if you were Chuck Norris and somebody had a gun and was about to murder somebody". "You Texas Walker Ranger right up to them and get shot in the neck". All that effort into fighting was just diminished.
"What if you were Chuck Norris and somebody had a knife and was about to murder somebody". "You throw a hollywood style wheel kick and knock the knife in the air, proceed to beat the murderer." Once the murderer is laid out "You heroically lift the lady off the ground". THE END.
Or if Not THE END.
The murderer picks up the knife and stabs you in the back because you couldn't drop the lady you were holding.
What if's are what ifs. Too many variables EXCEPT....
"What if you were very strong in the faith".
You could get between them and tell the murderer to please consider the love of God, his sacrifice, and if he's going to kill this woman it will be on his head. Don't let him get to the woman and be between them. Tell the woman to run if she can.
Let me put it this way, I'm not a perfect person and not the perfect person to tell you about non-resistance.
But I don't focus on hypothetical situations. Martial arts does partially focus on these situations. Imaginary fights, shadowboxing etc.