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Martial Arts and the Bible P1 - A Good Start

Updated on December 4, 2012

Start with the Right Attitude

This is the first of a series of short studies presented by the Christian Martial Arts Fellowship (CMAF). These were constructed to present a study of the martial arts from a Biblical point of view. As we re-introduce the subject, we will look at the propriety of the Arts as well as the occult factors which have become such a prevalent part of them over the years.

It is the position of the CMAF that the martial arts had their beginning in the Middle East long before the Shem, Ham or Japheth ever formed a nation. We will cite scripture as our proofs.

Most of these pages will have to be edited before posting as they were originally put together in the 1990's in a DOS format. However, the subject matter will not be changed to any great extent as they are still pertinent for today.

This first offering is the "Preface" as well as Lesson #1. For those that want to follow these studies, they will be titled from here on as above but with the title indicating the subject matter.

We hope you enjoy this study.


As we begin this study of martial arts, we must first establish our position before God. Scripture is quite clear that those who have never accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior will have a hard time understanding many of the concepts of scripture;

1 Corinthians 2:14; But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God’s promise to all men is Heaven or Hell. Man’s choice before God is one or the other. This is the most important choice you will make in your lifetime. If you cannot say for sure where you would be tomorrow, should you die today, settle it now. Confess to God that you are a sinner.

Receive the promise of forgiveness by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior confessing your faith in Him from the heart that you are a sinner, ask God to forgive you and invite Jesus Christ as your personal savior, Romans 10:9-10.


Old Testament and New Testament, both agree, man needs to be able to defend himself both spiritually and physically. This is a topic we will hit on many times in these studies.

This study is not presented as an edict, only as a guideline for you, the student, to develop your own defendable position of the subject.

It is the position of the Christian Martial Arts Fellowship that there is sufficient evidence in scripture to support our belief that self-defense is not only proper but that it is also a duty.

Isaiah 1:17 is the creed or the CMAF. It states - Learn to do well; .

This is the creed of the Christian Martial Arts Fellowship. There is a lot of wisdom here in four words. The underlying meaning is "If it's worth doing, its worth doing well." The verse then goes on to list several ways to "do well."

#1 - Seek judgement - Deal in a righteous manner with people

#2 - Relieve the oppressed - Defend the innocent

#3 - Judge the fatherless - Be a good example for others to follow

#4 - Plead for the widow - Help the helpless, the lonely, the old, the infirm.

God is DEMANDING this of everyone, student or not, believer or not. It is not an elective. It is a directive. These all fit into your training, from the first to the last. Simply put, as a member of CMAF, whether you are a believer or not, you are to train hard and "Learn to do well," in class or in the outside world. Anything short of this is not acceptable.

1 John 3:16; "By this we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." (Also see Romans 5:7-8)

1 John 3:17; "But he who hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his compassions from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"

The physical world is that which is available to you tangibly, here and now. To paraphrase the second verse "How can you call yourself a Christian or a man if you can see another person set upon unlawfully and not lift a finger to help."

A situation may require you to call the authorities or take direct action. Direct action may be just verbal intervention. Or it may require physical action. The decision is yours to make. But if you do decide to take proper, called-for, physical action, what good would you be to yourself or another......without training? Whether it be for the physical or the spiritual world, "Train hard and study hard with purpose."


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      Doc Young 5 years ago from Troy, MI

      thanks Luther ... appreciate your comments ... but more than that I appreciate your life of service ...

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      Luther L. Henry 5 years ago

      Well written and well said, Doc. The four points you make are deserving of thoughtful consideration as those are a huge part of Christianity. If we all acted in concert with those precepts, what a better world we would live in. I was a cop for over 38 years and I know that one must be well trained and skilled at self defense to practice those rules for a moral life.