Thou shall not kill

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FIFTH COMMANDMENT

Life is the most precious gift that God gave man. Entrusted to him as a capital to invest, to produce fruits of eternal life (Matthew 25:14-30). Life is of immense values that only man possesses the ground; do not have even the heavenly angels, because they have no body. By the time of trial the man has the opportunity to earn eternal glory.

The radical nature of this commandment is intimately connected with the theme of the union of love, the love relationship, the relationship between God and humanity, between each person and who is the next and in any case with every human creature, to reveal, in Jesus, the profound reality of God himself, eternal communion of love of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Already in the Old Testament vengeance was forbidden, that is to return evil for evil: "Do not seek revenge or store any grudge against the children of thy people" (Deuteronomy 19:18), although "the right to avenge trampled and restore justice" was a duty. Inside Israel's human life was protected against the blind law of vengeance unlimited, capable of destroying families and clans, until you come to threaten this way the existence of the People of God and the prophets in their preaching will extend, in a positive way, stating that the prohibition to kill is an obligation to contribute positively to maintain the life of his neighbour.

Jesus wants to eradicate the root of the murder: "You have heard that it was said to the ancients: Thou shall not kill, because whoever kills shall be judged. But I say unto you, whoever is angry with his brother will be subject to legal proceedings. Whoever says to his brother, stupid, will be submitted to the council. Who says fool, shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matthew 5:21-22). With this statement of Jesus, the commandment "Thou shall not kill" becomes unlimited and covers all relations between men. Even the anger toward his brother is tantamount to murder because it is like saying "your presence annoys me, get out of my sight, I want you dead".

It is therefore necessary to eradicate within him all that in one way or another can lead to murder such as anger, hatred, vengeance, exploitation. But not only kills the body kills you with slander, for example when a person breaks the esteem and ruin his good name. It also kills the libel, with hatred, envy, mockery, contempt, deceit, offense, conviction, perjury, criticism, ridicule, the spite, revenge, pride, malice, treachery. In other words, there is really the commandment "Thou shall not kill" if you can remove from their hearts any feeling that leads to insult his brother. That is when we reach the perfection of love.

Human life is sacred, comes from God and belongs to God and is the greatest gift that God made man, and killing is a lack of love for God Therefore, do not kill should not be regarded only as a gesture active ie taking a life, but everything that is against life itself, like any type of murder, genocide, euthanasia and voluntary suicide, in short everything that goes against the integrity of the human person and all that offends the dignity of the individual.

The commandment not to kill it is written in tablets of stone as well as in the hearts of men, but the fact is, that in the heart of man something awful has happened and frightening, because human history is an infinite sequence of killings physical, moral spiritual. It is a fact that upset the balance with God, rejected his paternity, in the heart of man is the violence erupted. God said to Cain, and said to each of us: "sin is crouching at your door to you is his instinct, but you must master it" (Gen 4.7).

God will demand an account of the lives of others: "your blood, of your lives will I require, I require them to every living being, and I require the life of man to man, in regard to his brother" (Gen. 9.5).
The true welcome to the fifth commandment requires a strong commitment and decided in favour of life against all forms of violence, injustice, exploitation, marginalization and suffering caused by others, killing physical, psychological and moral. "You have heard that it was said to the ancients: Thou shall not kill, because whoever kills shall be judged. But I say unto you, whoever is angry with his brother will be brought to trial" (Mt 5:21-22).

Existence is the first well, the condition of all other goods, it is evident that the existence off, kill, looks like an act of all inhuman and unreasonable. Well warns the conscience of instinctive horror of trying to commit suicide. Suicide is a serious lesion of the charity to themselves, because, not only in every man, but the tendency in each being the first, more radical and more profound, is to be preserved. Suicide is a serious sin, as serious as the killing because it is against life, and is an insult to God because He alone has the exclusive right of every life. The suicide is the one who despairs of the Father in helping faith and therefore did not believe that God can not intervene in his rescue. Problems and difficulties sometimes oppress and overwhelm the individual pushing anguish and hope can only hold up to the darkness of this. The hope, if not rooted in faith in God is destined soon to succumb and then can become unbearable anguish and fear can do the rest pushing the creature into the abyss of nothingness.

Euthanasia is murder hidden under the guise of piety justified in wanting to end the suffering into a creature destined to die. The man in this case will retain the right to decide to cancel a life while not knowing the end of so much suffering. Everything has a meaning even if sometimes we fail to see the outlines, however, if we recognize that God is the creator and never abandons his creatures, and then we must leave to Him the right to decide for our own good. View of the suffering in itself has no meaning, but rather it is a paradox if channelled in the highest good, then we can find out why.

To consider that there is also the murder of the spirit that is when you kill your soul or that of the neighbour with the mortal sin which extinguishes the grace of God "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will have no forgiveness forever , but is guilty of an eternal sin "(Mark 3:29). "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, and pray God will give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. But there are signs that lead to death, for they say not to pray "(Jn 1letter 5.16).

Neither reason nor religion can justify who exposes his life for trivial reasons or not, however, quite serious, as in a game, sport, ambition, for profit. Besides, even the conscience of society distinguished by the daring temerity, the audacity of recklessness.


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Saint Therese of LisieuxSaint Rita from Cascia
Saint LucySaint Gemma Galgani
Saint BenedictSaint Elizabeth
Saint Catherine Labouré
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