Religious beliefs and self defense?
This is a topic I've always wondered about and thought very deeply about,ever since I first purchased a firearm with the idea of possibly needing it one day for personal defense. I'm catholic and have always wondered of the commandment "thou shall not kill" and its meaning as pertains to defense of one's own life or that of another. I've also wondering of the eternal repercussions as far as taking a life and eternal damnation.
I've always believed that "thou shall not kill" pertained to one doing evil with malice in their heart towards another,i.e. to kill someone in cold blood versus in defense of one's own life or the life of another innocent. So what I'm trying to say here is that,is it believed that someone kills another human being in self defense is it viewed as a mortal sin? I've always been a pretty religious person and believe in my faith and in god,but I every now and then wonder how I'll be regarded in the next life if forced to do the unthinkable in this one.
I hope to god I'm never forced to use my gun to kill another human being,even in defense of my life or a loved ones. However if one is forced to do so does this mean they will be commended to hell,for the act of murder?