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Monday, August 29 2011
The Way To Salvation: Step 6
The Sixth Commandment:
"20:13 Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13 KJV)
The LORD is not a hypocrite - only humans have that flaw in their reasoning. The LORD means what He says, and says what He means - consistently. No Christian can "turn the other cheek," if a criminal has been allowed to murder them. No Christian can "live a Christian life," if a criminal has been allowed to murder them. No Christian can "love their fellow man," if a criminal has been allowed to murder them.
Lawful self defense is not a crime - not in the eyes of man (unless you happen to live in some sort of pro-criminal liberal fantasy land - although nothing seems to turn a "liberal" into a reality "conservative" more quickly than when a "liberal," or a member of his family, is tragically attacked by some vicious criminal) and not in the eyes of God. Defending one's self from a would-be murderer is to prevent wrong-doing - by lawfully preventing someone from becoming a murderer.
When the Israelites were given the Sixth Commandment, they knew from everyday life that it prohibited murder, not lawful self-defense, or military action in defense of one's nation, within legally-prescribed rules. In the words of Jesus Christ:
"11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace." (Luke 11:21 KJV)
Many Christian-professing people over the centuries have used "thou shalt not kill" to justify pacifism, or "conscientious objectors" in the military, or opposition to capital punishment for those who committed heinous crimes. And yet, if they read all of the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament, they would see that there were occasions when God not only permitted the taking of human lives, but commanded it - in order to save life (e.g. the reason that police officers are armed). Examples:
The LORD destroyed the attacking army of the Pharaoh in order to save the lives of the Israelites who had just had their nation freed from the rule of a foreign tyrant.
"14:7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them." (Exodus 14:7 KJV)
When many of the Israelites themselves rioted at Mount Sinai, and were thereby threatening the lives and safety of the others, lethal force was used to save life (see The Mount Sinai Riot).
"32:27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour." (Exodus 32:27 KJV)
In matters of criminal law in God's Kingdom (see The King's Dedication), the guilty were punished in kind. In ancient times, prisons were merely places where accused people were held until trial and punishment - prisons were not the punishment itself. In obedience to the command of the LORD, cold-blooded murderers were put to death, not, ironically, sentenced to life:
"35:16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. 35:17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. 35:18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death." (Numbers 35:16-18 KJV)
What is the Christian view, according to the Holy Scriptures, on murderers?
"3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." (1 John 3:15 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) The greatest miscarriage of justice that ever occurred was when the completely-innocent Jesus Christ was executed. As part of that travesty of justice, was a murderer set free? (b) How and when is Jesus Christ going to bring law and order to the Earth?
This Day In History, August 29
1350: During the Hundred Years war, a 40-warship Spanish fleet under La Carda was defeated by the English at the Battle of Winchelsea.
1475: The Truce of Picquigny was signed, under which Edward IV of England agreed to withdraw his invading army from France in return for gold and a yearly pension.
1526: The Battle of Mohacs in Hungary. Louis II of Hungary with an army of 24,000 was disastrously defeated by Suleiman I of Turkey (listen to our sermon The Ottoman Empire) with an army of 150,000. The king and nearly the entire Hungarian army were killed. Louis' defeat, which laid Hungary open to Ottoman/Turkish (the Ottomans were a ruling dynasty in Turkey) domination, was partly caused by the probably deliberate failure of John Zapolya to join Louis with his Transylvanian contingent. In 1687 Charles V of Lorraine routed the Turks on the same battlefield.
1756: Frederick II of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) invaded Saxony, beginning the Seven Years War.
1786: Shays' Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers, began in response to high debt and taxes. It was named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the New England rebellion against England a decade earlier.
1825: Brazilian independence was recognized by Portugal.
1842: The Treaty of Nanking was signed between the British and Chinese, ending the first Opium War. The treaty confirmed the ceding of Hong Kong island to Britain.
1885: The first motorcycle was patented, built by Gottlied Daimler in Germany.
1949: The Soviet Union detonated their first atomic bomb. The news was made public on September 22 when the U.S., Britain and Canada announced that they all had detected it.
1960: Jordanian Prime Minister Hazza El-Majali and 10 others were assassinated in an explosion set off by a time-bomb.
1962: A U.S. U-2 spy plane photographed Soviet technicians installing a SAM (Surface to Air Missiles) launch pad in Cuba. An event prior to the Cuban missile crisis 6 weeks later.
1974: Canadian astronomer Dr. A. G. Willis was credited with the discovery of "the largest object in the universe," a cloud of energy stretching 105,582,528,000,000,000,000 miles from end to end. It is 1.8 billion light years away.
1991: The government of the Soviet Union suspended all political activity of the Soviet Communist Party that had ruled the country for over 70 years.
2005: Hurricane Katrina devastated a wide area of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida, killing more than 1,800 people and causing over $80 billion in damage.