Thou Shalt Not Kill

According to Scripture:

Exodus 20:13

You shall not murder

Matthew 5:21-22

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

According to Luther’s Small Catechism 

Thou shalt not kill.

What does this mean?–Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body].

According to Catechism of the Catholic Church: (Three parts)

I. Respect for Human Life

2259 In the account of Abel’s murder by his brother Cain,57 Scripture reveals the presence of anger and envy in man, consequences of original sin, from the beginning of human history. Man has become the enemy of his fellow man. God declares the wickedness of this fratricide: “What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. and now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”58

II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons

2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. the person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.

III. Safeguarding Peace

2302 By recalling the commandment, “You shall not kill,”93 our Lord asked for peace of heart and denounced murderous anger and hatred as immoral. Anger is a desire for revenge. “To desire vengeance in order to do evil to someone who should be punished is illicit,” but it is praiseworthy to impose restitution “to correct vices and maintain justice.”94If anger reaches the point of a deliberate desire to kill or seriously wound a neighbor, it is gravely against charity; it is a mortal sin. the Lord says, “Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment.”95

This can be one of those commandments that we look over and skip because we haven’t murdered anyone. Why would we, we’ve been raised as good Christians not to kill anyone, that would be the worse thing we could ever do! (Wrong! I will get to that after I am done with the 10 commandment series)

However I am sure most of us have learnt at some point or another that this commandment goes further than that. It is more than just murdering someone. It goes down to the thought of hatred. Just hating another person is enough to be considered murder. After all Jesus said “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” Lets look at what Jesus said about lust real quickly.

Matthew 5:28

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

When we look at this verse, with what Jesus says about murder, it has the same theme. It is more than our physical actions that bring us to sin, we can do it in our thoughts. And so it is, that in thinking angry thoughts at our neighbors that we our committing sins. This is something we all do. Sometimes it is because someone cut you off on the road, maybe one of you friends back stabbed you, maybe somebody hurt you in some way, maybe a professor made a bad exam, and the list goes on. People in all different situations, make us upset towards them and anytime we think an angry thought towards any of these people, doesn’t matter how ‘light’ of a thought, it is consider murder(I like to think when it comes to sin, God sees it in black and white).

The heart of this post is simply, to watch your thoughts. God can see them and knows them better than you do! 

Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
  2. Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
  3. Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
  4. Honor Your Father and Mother
  5. Thou shalt not kill.
  6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  7. Thou shalt not steal.
  8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his. (Wednesday, March 21st)

Memory Verse of the Week:

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,


11 thoughts on “Thou Shalt Not Kill

  1. I like this post very much. It reminds of of the controversy surrounding abortion. I cannot fathom how the religious right came to the conclusion that life begins at conception. How does a woman know for sure the moment she conceive?

    1. Just because you don’t know when you conceive, which can be verified with accuracy after the woman finds out she’s pregnant, doesn’t mean that the life isn’t a life worthy of living. Can we see Jesus? Should we not have faithfulness in knowing that he existed even though we can’t see him? God gave the commandment not to murder anyone and the unborn child is included in that regardless because human genetics are present at the moment of conception.

      1. Sister Teresa, I respect your opinion as always but using the word “REGARDLESS” in your final sentence implies that it doesn’t matter what I believe. Contrary to what you might think, I do not believe in abortion. But I am certain that life does begin at conception. The antiabortion movement has moved the goal post over the years. There is no life in a fertilized egg and you know it.

    2. Interesting debate you guys have. I can’t say much on the topic because it is not something I have researched. As far as when life starts, whether it is at conception, later, or earlier, I do not know. I like to listen to my heart about this topic, and my heart tells me that once there is an opportunity for a baby to grow from, once the sperm meets the egg, I do not believe we should attempt to stop the formation of the baby. There may or may not be life at that point, but it gives the opportunity for life to began, and I won’t stop that.

      But that is just my two cents.

      God Bless to the both of you! 🙂

  2. @Noel That’s right, yours is an opinion not based on fact. What I stated is a biological irrefutable fact so I stand by my statement. I will pray that you have a pro-life conversion and will do a post on this topic.

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