When we read the Bible, we must take care to understand what it is saying. Smith Wiggelsworth said “Some people like to read their Bibles in the Hebrew; some like to read it in the Greek; I like to read it in the Holy Spirit.”
Another of his quotes on the Bible, “If it is in the Bible, it is so. It’s not even to be prayed about. It’s to be received and acted upon. Inactivity is a robber which steals blessings. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and know. Your life must be one of going on from faith to faith.”
But, you have to be very careful that you actually know what is in the Bible. You have complete denominations of Christianity developed based on one or just a few words in the Bible. Too often, they are wrong in their thinking. Why is this so?
I do believe the Bible is the infallible word of God. It is complete and lacking nothing. It is everything you need for life. Sure there is knowledge, but the Bible is the handbook on HOW to live, not what to do while you are living.
A person gets an education and that, supposedly, equips them for a promising career. That career is successful based on the worldly standards we learn as we gain this education. Too often, we learn ‘me first’ thinking n this type of education. But, for the most part, this education doesn’t equip you with HOW to live. When faced with perplexing ideas of conscience, your college degree or trade school certificate will give you little comfort and wisdom.
Man looks at other sources. Most of the time, it winds up being based on political ideology. Too many people have made government their God and their party’s platform their Bible. You can tell what party someone belongs to if you ask a few simple questions. Where do you stand on the Constitution? Where do you stand on abortion? Where do you stand on Jesus Christ? Quickly you will be able to determine where most people hang their political hats.
I have heard it asked, ‘which party would Jesus belong to?’ and I am convinced that the answer is NEITHER. He would have nothing to do with these scoundrels. They are no better than the Scribes and Pharisees of His day. Jesus was here to usher in the Kingdom of God, not play games with men, killing others over mere ideology. Do you honestly think Jesus would get up and endorse either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
Franklin Graham has the right approach. Earlier in the year, he became an independent, turning in his GOP membership. I, personally, did that some 40 years ago.
The greatest commandment?
Matthew 22:36-40New International Version (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Bible is clear, in the Old Testament and the New Testament, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me’. We find this sentiment expressed in many ways throughout the scriptures. God is supreme. You shouldn’t have any ‘gods’ before Him and after Him, you don’t need any other ‘gods’. He is complete, all you will ever need.
Back to our Title.. Thou Shalt Not Kill.. one of the 10 commandments… found in Exodus 20. It seems to be very clear about killing. But if there was to be no killing, where would we get the ‘sacrifices and burnt offerings’? As outline and described from Genesis to Revelation? Without the shedding of blood, there is no remittance of sin. Hebrews 9:22.
We have a group in America that on one hand thinks it an anathema to sentence murderers and rapist to death penalties. They quote this scripture as their ‘faith based’ argument. Yet on the other hand, most of these same people find nothing wrong with the ripping a baby apart as long as it is the mother’s womb and killing it by some of the most barbaric measures ever devised causing undue pain and punishment. It seems they forget about this argument.
If we examine the words of our Title closer, we find that the King James Version and many other translations since, have fostered the wrong impression in this instance. If you examine the word KILL is better translated by some other word. Here is the Hebrew definition:
A primitive root; properly to dash in pieces, that is, kill (a human being), especially to murder: – put to death, kill, (man-) slay (-er), murder (-er).
Total KJV occurrences: 47
The better translation is to ‘murder’ or to ‘take innocent life’. The Bible is clear on the right and responsibility of the state to take the life of those that deserve it, to fight against an enemy, for a person to protect himself or others in ‘self defense’ situations, but never is it okay to kill any innocent person.
There is also a difference in the ‘killing’ of people and of animals. We are to have dominion over the animals. We are to have them to provide food, clothing and yes.. fertilizer… and labor.
But you say ‘I don’t know the Hebrew and Greek’. Well, stay out of the restaurant one night and go purchase a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and a Vine’s Expositors Dictionary. These two tools put you well on your way. They are both also free in your app store or as part of one of the great tools like MySword or e-Sword.net
Spend less time watching the News or one of the many less than edifying programs on television and spend that time studying God’s word. You will find you are happier, wiser, nicer and in a better position to take on the situations ‘this life’ or Satan throws at you. Also, you will begin to know what you are talking about.
Luke 12:29 “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.” 30 “For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.” 31 “¶But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
May God bless your study.