If killing is justified, is it still a sin?
July 2, 2016 12:34pm CST
All people have a need to protect themselves. Ever since the conception of history, people armed themselves with shields and weapons to protect themselves from other people who wish to do them harm. However, protecting oneself has a tendency to ending up in a big fight and fighting also causes death. And yet, to kill people is a sin. It may be alright in some jurisdictions if the killing is justified. However, would it be alright in the eyes of whatever deity one believes in if they kill another person?
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2 Jul 16
That is true. Then perhaps killing would be alright if it were for a deity's sake? But then, that kind of thinking would be similar to those of ISIS wherein they kill people just because of their beliefs. Do they not think of others' beliefs? Perhaps God is trying to be neutral to all groups and religions and some people are misunderstanding Him and thinking that they should make a "Holy War" to prove their point, don't you think?
2 Jul 16
@MALUSE I'd like to have the opinion of the ordinary people, if I could. I can ask them, but those people have already developed their own views based on their level of understanding of their own religion. People like you can help me understand certain parts of this topic a bit better by making sure that the thoughts of the public does not go unnoticed (and it's easier to do it here, by the way ).
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6 Jul 16
This is a very good question. As you probably know by now, I try to always get the Bible's viewpoint on questions like this, so here are my thoughts on this subject. 1. One of the ten commandments is stated at Exodus 20:13 and it says: "Thou shalt not kill." This was a law to the Israelites and notice that it does not say: "Thou shalt not kill, EXCEPT in the case of..." There were NO EXCEPTIONS. 2. Jesus also had something to say about defending ourselves. You might want to read what Jesus said at Matthew 26:52 "for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." You might want to read this article in your own language:
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6 Jul 16
It's always good to see all the perspectives when trying to figure out something. This can greatly help. Here's a question, though. I think I remember some passages in the old testament regarding warfare and God's promises of victory. Is that excluded from the sixth commandment? If there were no exceptions, then wouldn't it be possible that Israelite warriors were heavier sinners than the average human who doesn't fight? If I remember it right, the bible teaches us not to fight, but to allow God's judgment to strike retribution on those who have sinned against us; lest we forgive them. Thus the meaning of the line of Matthew 26:52. Still, I'm sure that whatever question comes into my mind, I know the Christian Bible seeks that humans should not kill but to love one another.
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6 Jul 16
@Tierkreisze Yes, that's when things changed. When Jesus came to the earth, he taught his followers to show LOVE even to their enemies. Understanding why God permitted war in ancient times is a complicated subject, but it revolves around God's promise to Abraham, that from his line, the Messiah, Christ Jesus would come. This covenant is recorded in the book of Genesis and repeated at Galatians 3;16-25 The line of descent is recorded in two different places in the Bible (Matthew 1:1-17) and (Luke 3:23-38) This line of descent had to be protected down through the centuries. There is more to it than that. Here's a link that will explain several different aspects of what the Bible says about war.
6 Jul 16
@IreneVincent I think I know why God permitted war. @HebrewGreekStudies explained that the hebrew word used for "kill" in the sixth commandment was better translated into "murder" instead. You can kill, yes, but only because you must protect yourself. Perhaps the same might be true for war, as the Israelites might have been in constant warfare with other nations. I'm not a historian so I don't know. Still, I remember reading somewhere that God hates war. I just don't remember...
28 May 17
Killing under self-defense or defense of relatives or defense of strangers is a justifying circumstances in order to preserve one's life or the life of others and so killing someone in the process under that situation is not a "sin".
4 Jul 16
Perhaps you're right. Some people even become heroes although the person they are trying to stop gets killed. But then again, doesn't the catholic church love martyrs? They don't kill for their own religion, but they do allow themselves to be killed to show their devotion.