Thou shalt not kill

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Thou shalt not kill

Kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

My version of the Bible (I don’t actually own a Bible, although I may have a Chinese-language one around the house somewhere – I mean the version I read when I was younger) does not in any qualify this commandment. It simply says “thou shalt not kill” with no ifs, ands, or buts.

It does not say “thou shalt not kill humans” or “thou shalt not kill Canadians”. No, it simply prohibits killing – which would include all killing. Even that pair of leather shoes involved killing.

I mean, if God said it, shouldn’t we listen and at least make an effort to not kill, especially when we don’t need to?

[Note: I was raised Christian but haven’t been a believer in any diety or spirituality in a long, long time.]



July 25, 2009 at 11:43 pm


American Farmer

July 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm

My first question is, why is a person that does not believe using the Bible to make a point? If you truly don’t believe, then what the Bible says becomes a mute point.
Secondly, if you do want to quote the Bible for making points, try this verse on for size: Genesis 1:26
1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Must go now, my grilled steak is almost done. ; )


July 26, 2009 at 10:29 pm

“Dominion” is defined as “dominance or power through legal authority” ( There is nothing in the word dominion that indicates permission to kill. The king of a country would have dominion over his subjects, but this certainly would not include the right to kill them at will for his own pleasure.

American Farmer

July 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I think you are twisting words around to fit your predefined meaning. Realistically, I don’t think the Bible really answers this question point blank.
Jesus argued that eating with unwashed hands was bad. In Mathew 15:17-20 Jesus states that it’s what comes out of a man’s mouth that makes them unclean, not what goes in. So it doesn’t matter whether you eat meat and/or vegetables, all of it is fine and God has no specific laws regarding it.
This doesn’t give us license to eat unhealthy because Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit therefore we should treat it with respect.
Paul also expounds upon eating meat and vegetables in Romans 14, and he sums it up in Romans 14:14 that all food is acceptable to eat.
So as I would understand, the Bible says all food is acceptable because God made it and it should be accepted with thanksgiving (1 Titus 2:4). But if someone doesn’t want to eat certain foods, the Bible says that’s completely fine.

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