Kill and Murder

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Kill and Murder - 12 Feb 2006

The King James Version of the Bible states “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13) In the New American Standard Bible, Exodus 20:13 appears as “You shall not murder.” The word translated “murder” has the same meaning as the original Hebrew. However, in the original Hebrew this applies to killing with intent, not by accident, and does not state that this applies only to killing humans.

In this fallen world, most of us live in the concessions of God and not His original intent. As a consequence, we are anxious to make exceptions to this law. We apply this law (one of the Ten Commandments) in a self-serving way. We pick and choose when it is ok to murder or kill and when it is a no-no.

Even the choice of words in a given situation shows our bias. Generally, animals are said to be “killed” but people “murdered.” But what about capital punishment? Is that murder or killing? What about the unborn?

The way that animals are bred to be killed, and are placed in concentration camps under the most horrible of conditions, makes the killing of them pre-meditated murder.

The human race should seriously consider what it is doing.


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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