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Comments by Frank and Mary Hoffman - 29 Oct 2006
The key to answering your question is the intent of the person learning martial arts. If it only to be used as a way of protecting the innocent from harm without causing more harm or violence, then it could be a peace making tool in a one on one conflict. However, in larger encounters the use of such martial arts could actually lead to an escalation in violence.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
Isaiah writes about the Messiah as being "The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus calls upon all believers to become peacemakers, and says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God" (Matthew 5:9). Paul writes, "For the anxious longings of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons [children] of God" (Romans 8:19).
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