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The Sixth Commandment?

The Text

The Institutes

The Catechism

The Text

Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 20:13 

Rules for Understanding the Commandments

Rushdoony's Institutes of Biblical Law

(links coming in y2k!)
  1. "Thou Shalt Not Kill"
  2. The Death Penalty
  3. Origins of the State: It's Prophetic Office
  4. "To Make Alive"
  5. Hybridization and Law
  6. Abortion
  7. Responsibility and Law
  8. Restitution or Restoration
  9. Military Laws and Production
  10. Taxation
  1. Love and the Law
  2. Coercion
  3. Quarantine Laws
  4. Dietary Rules
  5. Christ and the Law
  6. Work
  7. Amalek
  8. Amalek and Violence
  9. Violence as Presumption
  10. Social Inheritance: Landmarks

Question 134: Which is the sixth commandment?
: The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.

Question 135: What are the duties required in the sixth commandment?
: The duties required in the sixth commandment are,

  • all careful studies, and
  • lawful endeavors,
  • to preserve the life of
    • ourselves
    • and others
  • peaceable,
  • mild and
  • courteous
  • speeches and
  • behavior
  • comforting and
  • succoring
the distressed, and
  • protecting and
  • defending
the innocent.

Question 136: What are the sins forbidden in the sixth commandment?
Answer: The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are,

  • the neglecting or
  • withdrawing
  • the lawful and
  • necessary means of preservation of life

The Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) explains our duties under the Sixth Commandment. You will notice that the brilliant Puritan Theologians who compiled the Catechism discerned duties in passages of Scripture which do not begin with the words "Thou shalt" or "Thou shalt not."
Every word of God is a command for us.
But even the "thou shalts" and the "thou shalt nots" demand more from us than we might first think:
How to Study the Ten Commandments

How to use the Catechism for a Moral Inventory

First, you must agree that the Catechism has correctly explained the implications of the Commandment. Assuming it has, you must agree with God that you are obligated to carry out those principles in your life.

Second you must ask yourself if you have violated each aspect of the command.

Third, you must take steps to develop the Character of Christ, and eliminate "character defects" from your life.

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