An old axiom suggests that the sixth commandment gets all the ink, but the fifth commandment is the one that does us in. This is quite accurate. We are always killing.
Why do I say that? Murder, after all, is a rather infrequent occurrence.
There are different meanings to the precept thou shalt not kill. On the surface, it is clear. Murder is wrong. Jesus, however, in the Sermon on the Mount, points out that this commandment, understood more fully, does not just forbid the external act of killing, it also forbids killing others in our thoughts and attitudes: “You have heard it said, ‘You shall not murder …’ but I say to you that if you are even angry with a brother or sister, you are liable to judgment.“
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