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  1. Generally considered.

    There has long been a debate in Christianity about what to do when any action you take turns out to be a sin. If you go to war, you will have to cause pain and suffering to another person. If you don't go, you'll let a lot of other people get killed. Which of these things is more sinful-to stop violence with violence, or not to resist violence in its crudest, most perverse forms? If you don't prevent someone else's death, it's like killing them, isn't it?

    So the church blesses the soldiers. Not for the sake of killing. They are blessed to protect their families and their country. And the murders in the war should be similarly repented of, repent of them. Not in front of the enemy – they attacked, you defended yourself, there is no guilt before them. But this murder caused pain to their loved ones, caused suffering to your soul-soldiers are also not maniacs, not psychopaths.

  2. Murder is considered and is always a sin, regardless of the circumstances. Simply, if a war has begun, then the soldier has no choice but to fight, using all the skills and abilities to make the enemy stop the war. At the same time, the confrontation with the enemy armed, strong is worthy, valiant and even honorable. Whereas fighting an unarmed man is a disgrace and disgrace.

  3. A Christian should not be afraid for his perishable body and evil ego. Therefore, it is said about the second cheek stand. If we are talking about an insult to faith, then this is an example of how Jesus drove the merchants out of the temple and beat them with a stick. In the above quotation from the Bible, Lk.22.36. To resist in one case is justified (for the salvation of the doctrine, faith and, accordingly, the salvation of the bearers of faith). And it is unjustified when you know for sure that you have completed your mission and further resistance is useless. Then, before their arrest, the presence of swords saved the apostles (as carriers of the faith). Lk 22: 36 Then he said to them, ” But now whoever has a sack, take it, and also a scrip; but whoever does not have one, sell your clothes and buy a sword.”

  4. Every commandment of God must be considered in context. Otherwise, you can come to completely wrong conclusions. Thus, the Pharisees argued that on the Sabbath you can not even treat a person if the disease did not threaten his life. So they understood one of the 10 commandments without understanding God's mercy.

    The same applies to the commandment “thou shalt not kill”. The article “10 commandments” says that the same God who gave this commandment ordered Israel to fight against ungodly nations, whose moral degradation reached such an extent that they sacrificed their own children.

    But God cannot contradict himself. The commandment “thou shalt not kill” says that no one has the right to destroy other people illegally. But if it is a question of protecting the Motherland and its people from destruction, then a person has no choice. After all, God gave us life and no one has the right to destroy our people.

  5. This is considered a sin in Christianity.

    A good text is entirely about this, here is a quote and a link. Also try the search, this is a popular question on the site.

    A. KURAEV: There is a serious conflict, but it is internal, creative in its own way. Conflict-free life on earth does not happen, conflicts do not happen in the cemetery and, perhaps, in paradise. In earthly life, conflicts are different, sometimes they are creative, they create a problem, do not allow it to be covered with a Band-aid. In this case, this is an ethical problem that exists for many people, regardless of religion: sometimes it is necessary to take sin on your soul in order to avoid a greater sin. Sometimes you have to choose between the good and the best, between the bad and the worst. Unfortunately, in our life there are such value conflicts, conflicts of values. It happens that you need to take the sin of participating in the war on your soul. A soldier sins when he is engaged in combat. According to church rules, he is subject to abdication from the church, regardless of whether it is a war – defensive or aggressive, inevitably imposed or started at the stupid whim of the emperor. According to the rule of Basil the Great – three years of excommunication from communion, from the church of a soldier who returned from a military campaign. In the Orthodox sense, sin is a wound that I inflict on myself. The fireman rushes into the burning house, carries the child out of the fire. He did everything right: both by order and by the voice of conscience, but this does not mean that the fire did not touch him. He can also get burns to the respiratory tract, get poisoned, he also needs restoration treatment after that, he needs to recover, rest in a sanatorium. In the same way, a soldier could not fight without hatred for the enemy, and if so, then he definitely wounded himself, his soul. It is very important that he does not transfer the bitterness, the military view of things (when everything is clear: where are his own, where are strangers, when there are very clear and simple ways to solve problems) to his hometown, to peaceful life. To do this, when he returns home, he should not brag about his military exploits, orders and medals, but rather regret the violence he has committed.


    How does the church explain the sanctification of weapons and the blessing of troops when the sixth commandment says “thou shalt not kill”?

  6. It is correct to say, not in Christianity, but in the Orthodox teaching or Catholic, or Baptist, in those who support military service and military operations. Christians who believe in Jesus Christ-do not fight and take weapons in their hands, only for hunting, and not for entertainment, but for getting food work is either such a life – somewhere in Alaska or in Siberia, or in the steppes,where they live by hunting.�

    The Lord Jesus Christ / Yeshua Mashiach / The Only Begotten Son of God – said that even vain anger is a sin. What to say about murder? HE said-hit you on one cheek and turn the other? What kind of war can we talk about, what kind of murder? What example did he leave? They betrayed him,took him, tried him,whipped him, and killed him. What did he say? _ “Abba, Father? Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing!” Who among Christians says that it is possible to fight – he does not know Christ. Anyone who says that killing is justified by God in self-defense is lying about God. Only sectarians violate God's commandments for their own benefit.

  7. From the very beginning, the commandment “thou shalt not kill” was taken out of brackets in relation to military operations and self-defense, as well as in relation to the execution of the law. Let's just say that the category of “murder” is a very specific phenomenon, which is completely unrelated to the above. “Murder” in the context of the commandment is treacherous and groundless from the point of view of the Law, the destruction of a defenseless person for their own enrichment, in anger, or otherwise. This commandment is accompanied by the covenant about stoning the lawbreaker, broadcasting the principle of “an eye for an eye”, telling about the military victories of the Israelites, in general, everything that we now also typologically attach to the category of murder, on the basis that these are certain actions that lead to the death of a person. Thus, when analyzing this commandment, it is necessary to remember that we are talking about different concepts of murder. As far as Christianity is concerned, it actually introduces an understanding of the universal value of each person's life, and the principles of the Old Testament society are also translated (see the text). the words of John the Baptist to the soldiers), because you can't demand perfection from people right away. In general, there is indeed a conflict between the understanding of the impossibility of murder and the idea of the need to protect the motherland, loved ones, etc. In general, it is resolved by an appeal to conscience, because a person who refused to defend his country, theoretically, can feel guilty for the death of his fellow tribesmen. As for self-defense, it is important that a person does not have an initial desire to kill, which is actually a sin. Of course, it is better to show humility, to become a “passion-bearer” like the holy princes Boris and Gleb and the Holy Emperor Nicholas I I (by the way, the most revered feat in Russia), but it is hardly appropriate to demand this from everyone.

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