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Thou Shalt Not Kill - Muting the Muth Argument

Posted Feb 12, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Commandments of God

It is argued that judicial killing is not murder and that the Ten Commandments teach thou shalt not murder. Here is one explanation expressing this point:

There are two different Hebrew words (ratsakh, mut) and two Greek words (phoneuo, apokteino) for “murder” and “killing.” One means “to put to death,” and the other means “to murder.” The latter one is the one prohibited by the Ten Commandments, not the former. In fact, ratsakh has a broader definition than the English word “murder.” Ratsakh also covers deaths due to carelessness or neglect but is never used when describing killing during wartime. That is why most modern translations render the sixth commandment “You shall not murder” rather than “You shall not kill.” However, a very large issue can arise depending on which translation one studies. The ever-popular King James Version renders the verse as “Thou shalt not kill,” therefore opening the door to misinterpreting the verse altogether. If the intended meaning of “Thou shalt not kill” was just that—no killing—it would render all of the God-endorsed bloodletting done by the nation of Israel a violation of God’s own commandment (Deuteronomy 20). But God does not break His own commandments, so, clearly, the verse does not call for a complete moratorium on the taking of another human life.  https://www.gotquestions.org/you-shall-not-murder.html

The Judgment of God is by the Withdrawal of Protection

Posted Feb 14, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Character of God

God keeps a reckoning with the nations. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without His notice. Those who work evil toward their fellow men, saying, How doth God know? will one day be called upon to meet long-deferred vengeance. In this age a more than common contempt is shown to God. Men have reached a point in insolence and disobedience which shows that their cup of iniquity is almost full. Many have well-nigh passed the boundary of mercy. Soon God will show that He is indeed the living God. He will say to the angels, "No longer combat Satan in his efforts to destroy. Let him work out his malignity upon the children of disobedience; for the cup of their iniquity is full. They have advanced from one degree of wickedness to another, adding daily to their lawlessness. I will no longer interfere to prevent the destroyer from doing his work." RH Sept 17 1901

What Is His Name?

Posted Feb 05, 2017 by Ben Kramlich in Everlasting Gospel

This article came at the perfect time for me as I was trying to understand the importance of the Hebrew names of our Heavenly Father and His Son. At the beginning of the Sabbath, what began as a simple search through the writings of our pioneers using the Hebrew name for Our Father, Jah, found in Ps 68:4, turned out to be a blessing beyond what I could have imagined. Written by A.T. Jones and published in the Review and Herald Sept 17, 1895, this article shows clearly that the Father’s name is far more than a mere title, but rather His name is His very character! May this study be a blessing to you.  

The Literal Gift of the Holy Spirit on the Sabbath

Posted Jan 30, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in The Sabbath

All heaven was represented to me as beholding and watching upon the Sabbath those who acknowledge the claims of the fourth commandment and are observing the Sabbath. Angels were marking their interest in, and high regard for, this divine institution. Those who sanctified the Lord God in their hearts by a strictly devotional frame of mind, and who sought to improve the sacred hours in keeping the Sabbath to the best of their ability, and to honor God by calling the Sabbath a delight--these the angels were specially blessing with light and health, and special strength was given them. 2T 704,705

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