THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT — DEATH COMES TO ALL
The Fifth Commandment from our Creator: “Thou shalt do no murder.”
Period. That’s it. Simple. Straightforward.
Murder is the taking of an innocent life. Abel comes to mind. The innocent man who was killed by his brother Cain. The killing was without justice and without authority. That makes it murder.
Accidents happen. As awful and final as a death is, an accidental death is not quite “murder.” There may be culpability, negligence, carelessness, and it may require retribution or compensation of some sort — but it is not quite “murder.”
Self-Defense sometimes becomes necessary, or the defense of others, up to and including the killing of an attacker. Fortunately there can be many steps taken in the phrase “up to” but sometimes self-defense includes the killing of the aggressor. That’s not murder.
A society has the right and the duty to protect its members from attacks from the outside and from dangers to the social order from within. Fortunately again, there are many intermediate steps to take before a war is begun or before a criminal is executed; however, neither war nor capital punishment is “murder.” May both be extremely rare in a civilized world!
How do you make sure you obey this Commandment? Do not kill any innocent human life from conception all the way to old, old age. Do not kill an innocent person in sickness or in health. Do not take the Law into your own hands. Do not kill until every other legitimate avenues of alternate actions have been considered and/or tried.
And here is the foundational way to avoid violating the Fifth Commandment:
Do not live a life of anger and hatred. Do not let your continued irritation, frustration, impatience, embarrassment grow into anger. “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, but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment.”
Jesus goes on to say that angry name-calling, character assassination, mockery, sarcasm, and such things are the equivalent to murder in the spiritual world, the Eternal Spiritual Realm. (Matthew 5:21,22)
In the physical world, don’t commit an act of murder. In the Spiritual world there is a higher standard: Do not “murder” a person’s spirit.
First came the Commandments, then came Jesus, the Word of God, revealing a deeper and higher meaning of those Commandments. If you’re a Christian, follow Him. By your understanding, rebuild and strengthen Christendom.