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People believe that “killing” is wrong in all forms because of the scripture saying, “Thou Shalt Not Kill! and if you do, judgement will fall on you”. If you believe this then it is hard for you to believe there is “justified” killing. Except, the word “killing” is wrong.
These scriptures have messed up people’s thinking, especially our armed forces and police/protection services. Some believe that by killing someone in self-defense, who’s in the wrong, someone endangering them or others, or even in war, that they are permanently judged harshly by God.
The word “kill” was translated incorrectly from the original Hebrew text (nearly all the Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language). When the commandment “thou shalt not kill”, was translated into English, it actually originally stated, YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER. (LITV) Totally different meanings – kill vs murder.
Romans 13 states that those in authority, the very ones who are in position to protect us (like military and police)? God calls them His ministers, His servants, placed in that position of authority to protect. They are “an avenger for wrath to the one practicing bad” (v. 4).
In war, in the streets, in every-day life – when someone is killed through self-defense, protection, in the line of duty, and war, that is not murder. A soldier, a police officer, the ones in positions such as FBI or Sherriff department personnel – they are not under judgement or on God’s no-no list. They are His ministers, His servants, working for our own good.
We are commanded in 1 Timothy 2… that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;