I was Asked in another Blog the question “is Killing always wrong?” and as this Blog was dealing with the Christian approach to morality and murder, I had to give it some thought as my Christian pacifism has developed over the years and I have never really put it down on paper.
So here it is . . . .
Keeping in Mind what was said of Jesus that he was the fulfilment of the Law of the prophets. See Matthew 5:17
And to do so he added to those laws a philosophy of love over hatred.
34″A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
That philosophy was expanded on and became a key element of Jesus’ message.
Matthew 5:39-45 “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. “
Matthew 5:21-26 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.”
Matthew 5:43-48 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
So yes given this new commandment and Jesus’ teaching in my belief killing is always wrong.
Horrifying as it may be, turn the other cheek does not mean to ignore the offense it means take the offense, suffer and if it means death do as Jesus did for us.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)
Often misinterpreted as a code for the warrior, the preceding message is not to fight for justice and love, but to die for it.
The hardest part of Christianity is there is almost no way we can live up to all the teachings of Christ.
But God forgives us because we are human.