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  •  It's "Thou shalt not murder"... (8+ / 0-)

    ...not "thou shalt not kill."

    In other words, the commandment prohibits killing unlawfully.

    Whether rightly or wrongly, the Pentateuch does set out the death penalty for many offenses—and for those who take the Bible literally, they also believe when the Bible says that God approved the Israelites' making war on multiple occasions.

    That being said, some of the earliest Christian communities did not allow members of the Roman legion to be full members of the Church until they'd laid down their arms... so there's a strong Christian precedent for the idea that Christianity is incompatible with soldiery. But that's based in one interpretation of the teachings of Jesus, not in the Sixth Commandment.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:54:34 AM PST

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    •  "Thou shalt murder freely and with impunity." (1+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis

      Let's not forget this:  Any killing commanded by their god was fully acceptable and applaudable, including the very types of killings, murders and genocides that they themselves declared unlawful.  

      Important to bring this up whenever they mention the 'timeless word of god' and how everyone else but them practices situational ethics.  

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