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This misinterpretation is due to a language shift since the days of King James, when that version of the Ten Commandments was set forth. The term "kill" back then meant what "murder" means today, and I think that everyone would agree that that's a good thing to prohibit in strong, absolute terms. If you look through the King James Version of the Bible, you ...


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Let's lay some foundation from the start. (All scripture NIV) God and Abraham had quite the relationship. God promised Abraham a son who would become a great nation (Genesis 17:15) even when he was 100 years old and his wife was 90. Abraham believed God and God provided him a son who was named Isaac (Genesis 21:2). Isaac was the son God has promised ...


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There are two ways to approach that commandment. Either it is absolute or it is relative: it can either refer to all of human life, or some subset of human life. Clearly it cannot be the former as the Torah also allows for the death penalty (before anyone tries to argue, "but Christ says..." or "but the woman caught in adultery..." I will counter that the ...


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I was just studying this. If you read more about this very topic you'll find that God is talking about shedding innocent blood. Have a look at what God did here: Judges 3:1-2 (New International Version) 1 These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2 (he did this only to teach ...


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This is a parable, so the fact that "a man of noble birth" is third person is rather irrelevant. It's pretty obvious he's symbolizing someone, probably Jesus. Context. Verse 11 reads: As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. ...


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This is a question on which Christians are divided. The vast majority adhere to the belief that fighting in a war is entirely justifiable for a Christian. They draw on several biblical sources for this, including Paul's writings in Romans that the State is a legitimate authority charged with preserving order, that Christians should submit to; and also the ...


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While the sacrifice of another human is obviously not part of God's plan, this was a test of faith for Abraham. Hebrews clarifies this action By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." He ...


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While God did command nations to kill, it's important to remember that he never commanded individuals to kill devoid of their representing a nation. So no, I don't think you could say that it is legit for any single individual to claim that God commanded them to kill. On the contrary, one of the ten commandments is, "You shall not murder." (Exodus ...


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There is no consensus among pacifist Christians about whether particular actions in support of the military are unacceptable. As Wolf Mendl notes in Prophets and Reconcilers: Reflections on the Quaker Peace Testimony (1974): The emphasis on personal action, which in the case of war means abstention, inevitably raises the problem of where one draws the ...


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Yes, absolutely. In fact, in countries that have National Service, it is precisely the will of God that we do so (see other questions about obeying national laws). Military service does not always involve killing. In the instances where it does, your issue is addressed in this question: If the Ten Commandments say “thou shalt not kill” how can a Christian ...


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John the Baptist, when asked effectively the same question by a group of soldiers during the transition from Old to New Covenants, answered in the following way (Luke 3:14): Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be ...


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Yes you can serve in the military How many times did God send Israel to war? Could anybody say that those men are not men of God? Sure Israel has many times, fallen away from God's love, but when have you not? Judges 3:1-2 (New International Version) 1 These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of ...


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In the Old Testament, when God ordered the Israelites to kill various groups of people, the people being killed were always under judgement from God for their sins. The Canaanites were particularly evil people who practiced idolatry, including brutal infant sacrifices. As such, it could be argued that the people were guilty under the law and therefore, ...


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Exodus 20:13 (NIV) “You shall not murder. Exodus 20:13 (KJV) Thou shalt not kill. The meaning* of the Hebrew word for "kill/murder" used in this verse has a wide range of meanings as explained in this article. The act of killing in a warfare is not what this 6th commandment means. The commands for the killings in the Old Testament had proper ...


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One thing to consider is the different role of the individual vs. the role as an agent of the State. With a notable exception of Abraham and Isaac (and maybe some others I can't think of) the specific command to kill an individual or obliterate a nation, etc. seems to be given to a representative agent of the State as the agent of the State. Also, bear in ...


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It seems pretty clearly to be referring to the day of judgement in the form of a parable: The disobedient servant is a Christian who was false (in name only, as we would say): he loses his reward since lip service is meaningless; The others are plainly the enemies of God; not so much those who didn't believe in this life, but those who want to rule ...


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I've personally gone through a year of military service. National service is compulsory here for every male citizen. There's an alternative, non-military service that's also available for those that have ethical or religious objections to military service. So I definitely had to think a lot about this. A credible defense is important for probably any ...



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