According to Scripture:
You shall not murder
“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.
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!
- Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
- Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
- Honor Your Father and Mother
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
- 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:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
- March 16 – My Experience With Anger (lelandfleming.wordpress.com)
- killing vs. murder what the Bible really says (rambosbikerministry.wordpress.com)