The Sixth Commandment?
Thou shalt not kill.
Rushdoony's Institutes of Biblical Law
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- "Thou Shalt Not Kill"
- The Death Penalty
- Origins of the State: It's Prophetic Office
- "To Make Alive"
- Hybridization and Law
- Responsibility and Law
- Restitution or Restoration
- Military Laws and Production
- Love and the Law
- Quarantine Laws
- Dietary Rules
- Christ and the Law
- Amalek and Violence
- Violence as Presumption
- Social Inheritance: Landmarks
Question 134: Which is the sixth commandment?
Answer: The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.
Question 135: What are the duties required in the sixth
Answer: The duties required in the sixth commandment are,
- all careful studies, and
- lawful endeavors,
- by resisting all
- subduing all passions, and
- avoiding all
- temptations, and
- practices, which tend to the unjust taking away the life of any;
- by just defense thereof against violence,
- patient bearing of the hand of God,
- quietness of mind,
- cheerfulness of spirit;
- a sober use of
- labor, and
- by charitable thoughts,
- mild and
- readiness to be reconciled,
- bearing and
- forgiving of injuries,
- and requiting good for evil;
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Question 136: What are the sins forbidden in the sixth
Answer: The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are,
- all taking away the life of
- except in case of
- public justice,
- lawful war, or
- necessary defense;
- the neglecting or
- the lawful and
- necessary means of preservation of life
- sinful anger,
- desire of revenge;
- all excessive passions,
- distracting cares;
- immoderate use of
- labor, and
- provoking words,
- wounding, and:
- Whatsoever else tends to the destruction of the life of any.
- The Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) explains our duties under the Sixth Commandment.
You will notice that the brilliant Puritan Theologians who compiled the Catechism
discerned duties in passages of Scripture which do not begin with the words "Thou
shalt" or "Thou shalt not."
- Every word of God is a command for us.
- But even the "thou shalts" and the "thou shalt nots" demand more
from us than we might first think:
- How to Study the Ten Commandments
How to use the Catechism for a Moral Inventory
First, you must agree that the Catechism has correctly explained the implications of
the Commandment. Assuming it has, you must
agree with God that you are obligated to carry out those principles in your life.
Second you must ask yourself if you have
violated each aspect of the command.
Third, you must take steps to develop the
Character of Christ, and eliminate "character defects" from your life.
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