Do not murder. NOT: Do not kill.
Dont leave yet. You may think this sermon should be preached on death row in some state penitentiary. Not true. There may be some murderers in this church today.
Self-defense Exodus 22:2
Capital punishment Exodus 21:12-17
War, Police serving as agent of government
Accidental deaths (auto, construction, house fire)
rights PETA, Save the seals, Spotted Owls, Snail Darters
1 Timothy 4:4; Genesis 3:21
Tree hugger Save the Planet
Murder Premeditated murder
Manslaughter reckless, careless, disregard for human life
Accidental killing caused by neglect & irresponsibility
Abortion deliberate killing of child before birth
Euthanasia deliberate killing of aged or sick
Hate and Anger 1 John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Respect human life
From womb to tomb
Psalm 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret. And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Physical life is precious
Spiritual life is even more precious