Ten Commandments: Commandments 5 & 6
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. Exodus 20:12-13 (NIV)
The first four Commandments instruct us how to recognize, worship and obey the true God. The next six Commandments explain how to live a peaceful life with our fellow man, beginning with the parents; which is why the fifth commandment is “Honor your father and your mother.”
The word honor means that we show respect for our parents for all the love and care that they give us. As kids it is our duty to listen to what our parents tell us, because even though it’s tough to believe at times, they have our best interest at heart. They know what is the best for us. When we are children (and it is true, don’t deny it) all we want to do is to do what makes us feel happy. Oftentimes these things are not good or safe, and can sometimes be just plain stupid. If we listen to the advice of our parents than our lives will be for the better.
However the fifth commandment is not a “one way street”. Parents have a responsibility to conduct themselves as worthy parents. The role of the parent is a huge honor given by God, and their lives can have a huge impact on the lives of their children; both for good and bad. The best way for a parent to teach their children the difference between right and wrong is to live as an example for them, because when kids grow up what they will become depends greatly on the influence of their parents.
The sixth commandment is “You shall not murder.” Now the first thing that I want to say is that there is a difference between killing and murder. Murder is the unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice; meaning murder is when someone kills a person out of hate, and that it was well thought-out and planned. However killing is something different. All it means is that you take a life, most of the time out of self-defense. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that killing in self-defense is wrong. In fact, Jesus told His disciples before they left on their journey to buy a sword in preparation for self-defense. So if someone is trying to extinguish your own life it is not considered murder, but self-defense; however when faced with such situation it is better to try other options first. Also to kill during war is not considered murder either, the bible says in Romans 13:1-4 that we have to right to raise the sword against evildoers, both foreign and domestic. However the bible does not condone violence of the mind as well as the hands, meaning that if we despise or hate someone we are committing murder, because you are secretly wishing that the person of your heat never existed. “Do not envy a violent men or choose his ways” proverbs 3:31, it is far better not to be a violent person, patience and pray beats violence and anger any day.
Posted on May 3, 2012, in Spiritual Life and tagged Christ, Christian, Christianity, Commandment 5&6, Father Mother, God, Honor, Murder, Religion and Spirituality, Spiritual. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.