Exodus 20:13—Thou shalt not kill.

But what about when it applies to war?

My husband and I were watching our guilty pleasure last night “Celebrity Apprentice” when the news broke in with a special announcement:  Osama Bin Laden is dead.  And as I sat there and watched the news coverage, I struggled with two thought notions going on in my head.

One was that I was actually glad that he was dead…that the terrorist who caused approximately 2,966 people to die, had finally died himself.  What plan he put forth in to action had finally come full circle to him.  But then there was the other notion going on in my head…the bible instructs us that we shalt not kill.  Does that apply to a man so evil?  This man who proposed so much evil, can no longer cause this.

And if my children ask me about this, how would I answer?  The commandment says thou shalt not kill.  Does that mean thou shalt not kill except for the enemy?  Is that a sin?

I found a good explanation here at God Questions.org:  War is a terrible thing. Some wars are more “just” than others, but war is always the result of sin (Romans 3:10-18). At the same time, Ecclesiastes 3:8 declares, “There is…a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” In a world filled with sin, hatred, and evil (Romans 3:10-18), war is inevitable. Christians should not desire war, but neither are Christians to oppose the government God has placed in authority over them (Romans 13:1-4; 1 Peter 2:17). The most important thing we can be doing in a time of war is to be praying for godly wisdom for our leaders, praying for the safety of our military, praying for quick resolution to conflicts, and praying for a minimum of casualties among civilians on both sides (Philippians 4:6-7).  War, while never a pleasant choice, in the right “just war” circumstances, actually preserves more life than it ends. Sometimes the best way to uphold the value of life is to end the lives of those seeking to destroy life.

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One thought on “Exodus 20:13—Thou shalt not kill.

  1. misinterpretations in the bible have led to misunderstandings & this commandment has
    been a perfect example Beth. b4 Jesus came on the scene
    to bring morality to humanity, ‘guidelines’ [commandments for Christians] were necessary.
    Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not MURDER [the unlawful taking of a life].
    Exodus 21:12-14 in the Old Testament God allowed the Israelites to kill as punishment for their sins. war was so very predominant in early civilization that humanity was being lost….hence the arrival of Jesus Christ to save humans from ourselves. The kids are lucky to have parents who give this any real thought! Bless you!

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