“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mark 7:7)
God is love, and so we are to love everyone, the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How many of the traditions of the faith you hold to can be verified in the Scriptures, and how many are man-made?
Those who have been born-again do not go out and kill people, or animals, with malicious intent for sheer enjoyment, but is it right in the sight of the Lord to kill when necessary? If you serve Christ and hunt to provide food for your family, is that any different than raising cattle or chickens, must you not end their lives to consume them?
The cult of Mormonism teaches those who have been deceived by it that there is no problem, or sin if you prefer, in lying to people, as long as it is not another Mormon. The Roman Catholic cult states there is no sin in killing one who is not of their faith, certain faiths of the Middle East see it as an honorable thing to kill those who defile the name of their leader.
“Thou shalt not kill.” (Exo. 20:13)
Many today who claim to know Christ as Lord are unable to discern properly this commandment and can defend their notions of it only by saying that the Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to love our enemies. Did not the Almighty send the people who served Him out to kill? “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6)
If all have always been saved by grace and God does not change, has a different set of rules, of commandments been placed upon those who have been crucified with Christ than those before He arrived on the scene?
Not all killing is murder my friends. If you hold to the conviction that we are never to take the life of another human being, then you are saying that all killing is murder, and must by default say that those the Almighty sent out to take the lives of others, of those He deemed wicked, was murder sanctioned by God. And you must, again by default, either say that God changed in these days of grace, that now all killing would be murder and that you must stand by and do nothing as the armed, wicked man breaks into your house and kills those you love.
Silence is usually the response I have received from those who stand by these convictions which are nothing less than man-made traditions.
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1st Tim. 5:8)
“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” (Matt. 24:43)
Stand or stand down, what does the Word of God say?
Should you accept the conscription of the nation you live in to go to the other side of the planet and fight in a war? I leave that up to you, that is one of those rare cases where one can say, “That’s between God and me.” But if all killing is murder, how will you justify your inactions on the day of your accounting before the Most High if you let the evil man break into your house and kill your family members, those you love, while you stand there and do nothing to protect them?
I pray these circumstances never occur in your life, but those who are wise will contemplate them, and be able to differentiate faith in Christ from traditions.