October 31st, 2001

eye

(no subject)

i don't consider myself a christian, but the huge majority of americans do.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL is the first commandment. it isn't any of the following:

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless the person you are killing has killed someone else.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless you do it by proxy in a state execution.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless you are killing someone to get at some really bad people.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless you are defending yourself.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless it is in the first trimester of pregnancy.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless you think you are saving more people than you are killing.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless someone asks you to kill them or you believe it to be merciful.

THOU SHALT NOT KILL unless you are at war.

it is THOU SHALT NOT KILL, period.

again, i don't consider myself a christian, but i think i abide by this particular commandment more closely than most who say they are. there is a reason why it is the first.
eye

(no subject)

i stand corrected. it is the sixth commandment, and in some bibles, including my gideons, it is translated as "thou shalt not murder", which strikes me as semantics aimed at getting around lots of killing done in the name of christianity.
eye

what i believe

my earlier post was for those who wrap themselves in their faith. here is what i personally believe.

killing is justified when it is the true and sane wish of the one dying.

killing is justified if it is the only way to stop a deranged or evil person from killing others.

killing is justified in self defense if it is the only option.

killing is not justified as revenge or punishment.

killing of innocent people is not justified, no matter what the end.

i have a real problem with abortion. i wish it never happened, but there is an ambiguity involving the beginning of sentience, a woman's right to control her body, the definition of human life, and other issues that i have been unable to reconcile into a firm opinion.