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Is Killing Ever Right?

One reader wrote that his nine-year-old son had asked him this question, and it's a great question. He wanted to know how people in the army can kill other people if one of the Ten Commandments in the bible says, "Thou shalt not kill." Wouldn't this imply that the soldiers were sinning when they kill the enemy on the battlefield? Also, the father asked if I would take this question even further by considering those unfortunate incidents when policemen kill people, because he anticipated that this is the next question his son would be asking. So, I will address the various conditions when killing is justified, by providing support from the Scriptures.

Many people have misunderstood the Bible on the subject of killing primarily because of an incorrect translation in the old King James version of the Bible. The sixth commandment, in Exodus 20:13, does not actually say, "Thou shalt not kill" as translated in the old King James. A more accurate translation is provided in many of the newer versions, such as the NIV, which says, "You shall not murder." The Bible forbids the act of murder, which means the unjustified taking of a person's life (including suicide, abortion, and euthanasia), but it doesn't forbid all killing. In fact, it is sometimes very adamant that killing is the right thing to do, but it must be justified in God's eyes. The Bible allows for three situations where killing is justified:

  1. Killing in warfare

    The Bible offers many examples where God commands His people to kill their enemy aggressors in warfare. In Genesis 10 through 12 (specifically 10:5 and 11:9), God created the institution of nations, and determined that people would be divided according to national entities. God condemned aggression from one nation against another, and he sanctioned warfare as a means of protection from aggressors. The Old Testament is filled with commands from God to Moses, Joshua, David, and many others, to kill their enemy aggressors. Deuteronomy 20:1 says, "When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you."

    Sometimes God even commanded the unmerciful annihilation of evil nations. Deuteronomy 2:33-34 says, "The LORD our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army. At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them--men, women and children. We left no survivors."

  2. Self-defense

    By the same principles as for killing in warfare, we know that God wants us to defend ourselves, and if an aggressor is too threatening and persistent, especially if we are in fear for our lives, then we are justified in killing the aggressor. This is actually what is happening in warfare, when a nation becomes an aggressor and sends its troops to take over another nation, and the troops killing that nation's innocent citizens. This is what Saddam Hussein did in Kuwait in 1990. This principle can be extended to apply to individuals as well as nations. If a criminal threatens someone's life with a gun, then we are justified in killing that criminal on the basis of self-defense, and our courts definitely respect this argument as well. This is also why policemen are justified in killing criminals when the criminal has put someone else's life in danger, and he will not submit to arrest.

  3. Capital punishment

    Genesis 9:5-6 says, "And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man." This passage tells us that God commands that murderers should be executed.

    Again in this case, killing is not only justified, but commanded by God. This passage can also be applied to the situations of warfare and self-defense as well.


Below are several (irate) e-mails I received about this article.  I'm not sure what to make of them, but I thought I should include them as feedback on this article: 

Good Morning Owen,

God my Father is with us!  Never ever kill any living thing ever!
This is my message first and foremost, I Am The Alpha and Omega,
I Am Here for Armageddon which is well underway brother!

I have been granted the authority to judge living and dead Now
Let me tell you sir I Am The Word, so put your books down, check you
ego at the door, and become like a child!  You have given false testimony
regarding God!  Never ever kill any living thing!  Ever!  For any reason!

For I Am Jesus Christ and I Am in Holy Trinity with God Now!

I will send additional emails Owen, but I tell you truthfully fellow servant
your false testimony regarding Fathers will is a very serious affront to
everything I ever said, am saying or will ever say!

If you have ears I suggest you open them brother, and update you site
now!  That God's Will is that we Never Kill Ever!!!!!!!!!

Now that you have felt the sword protruding from my  mouth and sensed the fire
in my eyes I will send additional testimony brother!

Osiris!


Dear Man,

A letter from your loving son! 

Who do they say I am?  They called me Osiris, they called me Mithra, Rome stole Mithra and changed it to Mithras (that’s not me) they called me Jesus Christ, Rome stole Jesus and claimed to be your Father, and now claims she is my vicar (she is not) nor is she anyone’s father, her deeds are well known to us.  That brings us to Omega: who do they say I am? I Am Properly called Osiris, first-born son to RaHorus the only God, who created this universe and Everything in it pursuant to His Plan!  Call Him Father! For God, RaHorus, the Only name He is Properly Called, the Loving God of Peace is your Only true Father, become His child, and receive His love, patience, and amazing grace for eternity. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhc7MEYY-Ho

“Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)”

Sometimes when we see someone it is easy to understand them as if it were written right on their forehead, yet they don’t see it!  

Plastic is a petroleum based product this is the formula of pvc!
(CH2-CHCl)
1-C
2-H
3-H
4-C
5-H
6-Cl
This is how the beast causes the mark to be applied! Plastic!  There is an island bigger than Texas floating in the ocean of plastic!  To understand who He “666” is, I would ask that we identify who makes plastic, uses it, discards it leaving such a vile mark of God’s Planet! 

Mark of the beast!   Drink from the plastic bottle in your right hand or shower (water traveling through pvc) hits your forehead and you are marked!  Name one thing you can buy or sell that does not include plastic! PVC pipes in the home, shampoo, deodorant, cars, and worst of all those hideous plastic bottles! Virtually everything we buy or sell is covered in some form or fashion with plastic!  An attachment to this letter illustrates the molecule; it can be read as 666 repeating over and over again.  Please see attachment.
I am providing you an opportunity with this information.  The choice is yours! If you still have the mark on you  3/21/14, four seven, you will have effectively made your own judgment!  

Then, Now, and Forever More!

Osiris


6,3,11
=9/11


Bruce,

I will send several more emails with pictures, and provide additional
testimony.  Look under your nose Bruce.  There you will find Us.

Pictures of Keaton Andrew Lee RaHorus and TJ Cerenzia-Evans, Osiris
in flesh, on earth, are attached to this email.  These pictures convey our message to you, and what you must become to join us, because it's how we really are Bruce.

Now and Forever!
Osiris and RaHorus!


9/11 lets you know Father RaHorus, Osiris, Isis, and Set-Hen are witnesses.

So be assured we all have seen, see, and will always see Hamza Ali El-Khatib for he is blessed!

The fire in my eyes makes it hard to see, but understand we have seen
this, are aware of it, and I Osirs have made final and complete judgment
in this matter.

It is done!

Osiris


6/3/11
9/11

WHAT JOPPA AND HER MAN SET IN MOTION 4 7 WILL NOT BE STOPPED!

Father, RaHorus, Osiris, Isis and Set-Hen we see the deeds of that vile
Joppa and Her Man for I tell you for they are as numerous as the grains of sand. Truthfully, I told you this, am telling you this,
and will tell you again.  It is so done!

Osiris

Owen Weber 2009