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Monday, June 17 2013
For The Love Of God: 6
"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"
The LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) is not a hypocrite - only humans have that self-inflicted defect. The LORD means what He says, and says what He means, consistently, as we will read from the Scriptures, in what the LORD commanded, and by the LORD's own example.
Lawful self defense is not a crime (a self-evident statement) - 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.
The Sixth Commandment:
"20:13 Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13 KJV)
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 (see also What Happens After The Messiah Returns?):
"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, 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 true 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) By what means is Jesus Christ going to bring law and order to the Earth? (b) Are those who refuse to repent going to be killed by the LORD?
This Day In History, June 17
1462: Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
1579: Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England. He called it Nova Albion. Albion, meaning "the white" ("albino" originated from the same root word) was an ancient name for the island of Britain, from the White Cliffs of Dover). The Spanish however were later to take possession of it and most of what is today the southwestern states of the U.S.
1631: Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 20 years building her mausoleum - the now world-famous Taj Mahal.
1673: French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reached the Mississippi River.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into the French empire.
1867: Joseph Lister performed the first surgical operation under antiseptic conditions on his sister Isabella, at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary in Scotland.
1876 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse (the leader of the Sioux at the battle of the Little Bighorn a few days later, in which Custer and his 7th cavalry were wiped out) repelled General George Crook's attack at Rosebud Creek in Montana.
1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City from Europe. While most are aware that it was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are realize that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, as shown in the photograph, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1924: The Fascist militia marched into Rome.
1925: 29 countries signed the Geneva Protocol which prohibited the use of poison gas in war.
1939: The last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, was beheaded in Versailles at the Saint-Pierre prison.
1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1972: Five White House operatives were arrested at the Democratic Party Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington. The break-in eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
1974: An Irish republican guerrilla bomb exploded at Westminster Hall, in the British Houses of Parliament injuring 11.
1994: After the "L.A. Freeway Bronco Chase," O.J. Simpson was arrested for the knife murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later acquitted of the murders by a jury of his "peers."
1997: During the Amsterdam conference of European Union members, a French diplomat replied in response to the slow progress of negotiations, "Rome wasn't built in a day" (see What Is The Mark Of The Beast? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?).