Thursday, 8 January 2015

Thou shalt not kill (updated)

A lot of cartoonists are coming out in solidarity regarding the incident in Paris with the Charlie Hebdo attack… 12 people killed & 11 people injured… plus the fallout.  A big theme is freedom of speech but I suspect even free speech can morph into antagonistic dogma as much as anger can morph into murder, cold or hot blooded murder.


105. Q. What does God require in the sixth commandment?

A. That I, neither in thought, nor in word or gesture, much less in deed, dishonor, hate, wound, or kill my neighbor, whether by myself or by another, but lay aside all desire of revenge; moreover, that I harm not myself nor wilfully expose myself to any danger. Therefore, also, the magistrate is armed with the sword to prevent murder.

106. Q. But this commandment seems to speak only of murder?

A. In forbidding murder, God teaches us that he abhors the root of murder, as envy, hatred, anger, and desire of revenge; and that he accounts all these as murder.

107. Q. But is it enough that we do not kill our neighbor in any such way?

A. No; for when God forbids envy, hatred, and anger, he commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves: to show patience, peace, meekness, mercy, and all kindness towards him, prevent his hurt as much as in us lies, and do good even to our enemies.

(Heidelberg Catechism: Lord's Day 40)


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