Question: "Why is 'You shall not murder' in the Ten Commandments?"
Simply stated, the sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids the unjustified taking of a human life. However, the commandment itself has a couple of interesting elements that bear mentioning.
- First and foremost, different Bible translations give the appearance of different meanings, and there is potential for misunderstanding the actual meaning of the verse.
- Second, man was never created for the act of murdering another, and there needs to be an explanation for such a violent and final act towards another human being.
- Third, because of the translation challenge, we need to understand the difference between “murder” and “killing.”
- And last but not least, how does God view murder? To God, murder is not just physical in nature but also the condition of one’s heart towards another.