Is someone who kills in self-defense still a murderer?

Question: If a Christian commits a murder in self-defense is he still a murderer? In the Old Testament, they had a place called the cities of refuge, if I’m not mistaken. How about in this present time? What does the New Testament tell us? I need your insight on this. Answer: The cities of refuge…

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You Shall Not Murder

by Jim Dearman “You shall not murder!” That was God’s command as part of the Ten Commandments, and it is reinforced in the New Testament. In Romans 13:9, the apostle Paul refers to the commandment from Exodus 20:13. There he writes, “For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall…

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Can a former murderer be forgiven and be able to work?

Question: Dear Minister, I committed murder at the age of 19 and spent the next 21 years in prison. I was released several years ago. I have been trying to figure out if I can truly be forgiven for the murder that I committed, and if so, just how do I get forgiven, and attempt…

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Does a murderer take on the sins of his victim?

Question: I have sometimes heard that killing someone frees that person of their sins and that the killer takes on their sins. Is this true or is there any reference to this in any Bible verse? Answer: This is provably false. Sins are not inheritable nor can they be transferred to another person. “The soul…

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Why does God kill so many humans?

Question: Why does God kill so many humans? And why does this website try and make excuses for killing those humans? Surely such an amazing supernatural Creator could come up with a better plan than that. When I read about your God I find it hilarious. I really can believe the crazy, stupid, and ridiculous…

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Why did God have some people killed if murder is wrong?

Question: in Judges, some people were risen up by God to bring Israel out of the hands of other nations.  But why do so many of them murder other people? Ehud stabs a king and Jael drives a post through Sisera’s head.  I thought God wasn’t allowed to lead people into murdering other people? Answer:…

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If a driver purposely runs over a dog, is that murder?

Question: Honestly, I don’t know how I stumbled onto your web site,  but I am glad that I did.  I read through the majority of the “Question Answered 2010” and thought your advice was appropriate to the questions. So here is my question:  I was sharing a conversation with my teen-aged daughter.  I told her…

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Why did God allow slavery or commit genocide?

Question: Why did God allow the Israelites to commit actions which are clearly wrong, by His command, such as allowing daughters to be sold into slavery (Exodus 21:7) or committing genocide upon the peoples of Canaan (Joshua)? If the Bible is infallible, is this the kind of moral code that God wants us to apply…

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Is it right for a soldier to kill in war?

Question: Shortly after my fiance and I get married I will deploy to Iraq for the first time. I, being an infantry soldier, am trained to kill. It has always been a major concern of mine to kill in war, and I wonder if this is a sin recognized by God. I figured since and…

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