by Frank Pollard

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Exodus 20:13
If I were to ask you, "What is the number one problem in
your business, your home, and your neighborhood?," you would
probably answer "human relations." Getting along with each
other, functioning side by side, day by day, is one of life's
great challenges.
You are well acquainted with the fact that all of the
civilizations which have fallen, fell in on themselves. They
were not beaten down from the outside. No civilization has
ever been defeated from without. They have all died of
internal complications. None of the estimated nineteen
civilizations which have fallen were murdered, all committed
suicide. The autopsies are monotonously repetitious. Each
civilization has come into history's garbage dump because it's
people could not live together without destroying each other.
In the first section of the Ten Commandments we are told
that keeping free means recognizing the supreme worth of God.
Now we begin the last five commandments which declare th-e
supreme worth of people made in God's image. Getting along
with those people is a must if freedom is to be maintained.
One sage said, "To dwell there above with the saints that we
love, that will be glory! To dwell here below, with the saints
we know, that's another story." Yet we must dwell here below
with others. How well we can do that determines our destiny.
The first principle for living together is: "Thou shalt
not kill." (Exodus 20:13)
May it be quickly said -- this statement has nothing to do
with capital punishment or warfare. Other scriptures in the
Levitical laws deal directly with those problems. This is not
a cheap, one shot answer to abortion or euthanasia. Each of
these painful situations has to be worked out individually,
praying for God's wisdom and applying the principles of love
and sanctity for life.
Bible scholars agree this is a prohibition of murder. The
Hebrew verb implies, "Violent and unauthorized ki ...

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