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Killers – 10 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

It is really puzzling to have people say that they are Christians but, at the same time, enjoy killing. Simply stated: You can’t be a true Christian and enjoy killing any creatures – fish included! Having experienced the spiritual awakening that the Holy Spirit brings, a believer begins to realize that there are things he or she used to do that are wrong, and that they no longer desire to participate in.

From my observations, those who say they are Christians and continue to kill may not have experienced a true rebirth brought about by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. Or they may be succumbing to pressure from friends and family to continue in the old ways, proving that their opinion is more important to them than doing God’s will. In Revelation 21:8, The Amplified Bible states that “the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive” will end up “in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.”

Furthermore, the Bible makes it abundantly clear that Christ would never kill. About 2700 years ago Isaiah, speaking for God, prophesied about Jesus, saying that “A bruised reed He will not break” (Isaiah 42:1-4). Obviously, He would never approve of the killing of any of God’s sentient creatures.

Isaiah 42:1-4:

1. Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold;
My chosen one in whom My soul delights.
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.

2. "He will not cry out or raise His voice,
Nor make His voice heard in the street.

3. "A bruised reed He will not break,
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.

4. "He will not be disheartened or crushed,
Until He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law."
~New American Standard Bible

This is confirmed in Matthew 12:15-21 of The New Testament:

15. But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed Him, and He healed them all,

16. and warned them not to make Him known,

17. in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, might be fulfilled, saying,

18. "Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;
My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased;
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

19. "He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

20. "A battered reed He will not break off,
And a smoldering wick He will not put out,
Until He leads justice to victory.
21. "And in His name the Gentiles will hope."
~New American Standard Bible

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