Friday, September 27, 2013

Can Conscientious Objectors Kill?

Conscientious objection is exactly that, a conscientious objection.  Informed by revelation "Thou Shalt Not Kill" one forms a conscience and then judges if and when killing is allowable.


The commandment is Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Not, thou usually shalt not kill.  Or sometimes thou shalt not kill.  Nor kill unless ordered to do so.  the law is Thou Shalt Not Kill.

So are we supposed to sit back as people attack us and kill us?

The God that gave us the command to not kill also gave us instinct.  Faced with life and death, we may intially act contrary to our conscience.  We may be operating on a plane that has nothing to do with conscience.

For example:

After rescuing his daughter, he inflicted "inflicted several blows to the man's head and neck area," the police document reported, before calling 911 off his mobile phone.
He could be heard shouting at the emergency dispatcher that he did not know the address of the barn and was audibly distressed. He pleaded with the ambulance to hurry, saying: "Come on! This guy is going to die on me!"
The father was never arrested, but Flores' death was initially investigated as a homicide.

The bible actually includes a provision for sanctuary cities for those who under the old law "eye for an eye" can escape punishment of such killings.

In hot pursuit he dealt with his child's attacker.  After lashing out, he regretted his lethal blows.  Between the "invincibly ignorant" and instinct, there is the necessary and sufficient shedding of guilty blood to keep us all safe.  Conscientious objection is not utopian dream.  It is a minimum in Christian witness.

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