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  • by pudge (1) on 2001.10.15 7:54 (#1571) Homepage Journal
    I don't see how this problem is a "Christian" thing. Almost everyone I know draws distinctions between killing and murder. The law certainly does, at least in our country, and in most countries I know of. *shrug*
    • You're right (again!) of course, but the point is that most countries have well defined legal systems that decide whether a particular incident is murder or not. I don't see anything similar in the Bible.

      Or do you mean that when the Bible says "murder", it means "any action that would be considered murder under the legal code of the country in which you perpetrate said act". Seems strange to me that God would delegate such important decisions to "local" government. Particularly in countries like the US whe

      • Well, the Bible -- the New Testament, anyway -- has no well-defined legal system at all. It does, however, have different words with more-or-less clear meanings. See Matthew 5:21-22, where Christ quotes the Commandment (but in Greek). The word used there is phonos, which has a history in contemporary literature (Homer, Diodorus, Simonedes, Aelius Aristedes). It sometimes means "killing with anger as a cause" or "bloody deeds", but the emphasis is always on the fact that this kind of killing was morally