A friend and I were wrestling through this together, neither of us terribly firm on where to draw the line. In an event where a innocent person's life is under threat of destruction at the hand of another unjustly, might that innocent person surrender their life to the hands of that murderer without the guilt of murder being laid at their own feet? Is self defense necessary? In light of the Scripture's command that we oughtn't murder and the WSC instruction thereupon to wit "Q. 68. What is required in the sixth commandment? A. The sixth commandment requireth all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life, and the life of others. Q. 69. What is forbidden in the sixth commandment? A. The sixth commandment forbiddeth the taking away of our own life, or the life of our neighbor, unjustly, or whatsoever tendeth thereunto.", innocent life is to be preserved by all lawful means. Also it is recognized that life may be taken away justly, therefore acquitting some killers of murder. Does the innocent man/woman have the prerogative to surrender his life to a murderer (and we'll assume that he/she is the only one at risk in this situation) and refuse to meet the murder's force with any resistance at all? Is it at all godly to say, 'I will surrender my innocent life with the desire to protect his/her guilty life"? Would that be practical suicide? Must we put up a fight? Qualifications: 1. I am not speaking of refusing to defend other innocents (one's family, an innocent bystander, etc) 2. I do not have in mind giving oneself up in a ransom or hostage situation (ie. 'take me, don't take her;' or [a group is captured and the captor decides he will kill one of the group] the innocent says, 'since you have declared that you will kill one of us, I volunteer myself to die that the others may not.') 3. While in many cases self defenders could only incapacitate an unjust attacker, I'm not pondering that. 4. I'm not questioning whether self defense, even the use of deadly force, is Biblical. I'm quite settled on that matter as Biblical. 5. I'm not questioning whether trying/and failing to defend oneself in an innocent situation is "suicide." 6. For sake of this topic, I'm looking at two private individuals with no commission from a lawfully appointed magistrate.