Do not Murder
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
‘Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made mankind. Genesis 9:6
LIFE* is a gift from God
[*from conception: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13, 16]
- we should be thankful for life. What a gift it is!
- God alone can take life or say when/how life can be taken (Job 1:21)
- God is the one who assigns us our race & gender and our dignity as people.
- We should view and treat one another with the honour that comes from see everyone as being made by God and bearing the image of God
All sexism, racism and classism is just plain wrong.
Murder is the ultimate way of breaking the bonds of honour, trust and love God has made us to have with one another.
- Even if killing someone can be lawful in God’s eyes (for example in self-defence: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; 3 but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed. Exodus 22:2-3), it must never be delighted in or taken lightly or for revenge.
- Even if war can be right (for example in self-defence) it must NEVER be taken lightly or conducted without honouring the dignity and lives of those involved. It’s not a case of ‘anything goes’ in war. And let's face it a lot of films and computer games encourage that kind of casual 'Rambo' attitude ... and they do it with great realism which can blur the line between what is real and what is pretend.
- Even if the death penalty can be right (for example, for murderers) it must NEVER be taken lightly or conducted without honouring the dignity and lives of those involved.
- Even if abortion can be right sometimes (for examples, in cases where the mother’s life is in imminent danger) it must NEVER be taken lightly.
What about a woman’s right to choose?
Well, the child has a God given dignity and value too.
“…the foetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being… If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a foetus in the womb before it has come to light.” [John Calvin]
There are around 200 000 abortions a year in the UK. That is around 1 abortion for every 4 live births.
only about 0.1% of abortions were because the mother’s life was in danger.
98.4% of abortions were carried out for social reasons.
80% of abortions happen where pregnancy has come outside of a marriage.
- Euthanasia (the intentional killing of a patient by act or omission as part of their ‘medical treatment’ when the patient’s life is felt not to be worth living) can never be right.
But the 6th Commandment is not just about the actually physical killing other people unlawfully ...
‘You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, “Raca,” is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, “You fool!” will be in danger of the fire of hell. Matthew 5:21-22
Murder is anger that is unchecked and anger is murder in all but the final deed
Okay, anger can be right. in your anger do not sin (Ephesians 4:26). So it is possible to be angry and not sin. But, let's be honest, our anger is almost always wrong. We can blow up or bottle it up (exploding later), we can blame ourselves or we don’t get mad, we get even.
The GOOD NEWS of Jesus
is that angry murderous people like you and me can be forgiven and changed
Think about it. Moses, David and Paul were all murderers.
8 the Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbour his anger for ever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:8-10
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. Romans 12:19