Abolish Murder

Proverbs 24:10-12 says “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death, hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “behold, we did not know this.” Does not He who weighs the heart percieve it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it?  And will he not repay man according to his work?”

The Gospel is that Jesus died on the cross for sinners, so that we could be forgiven and be on the way to Heaven if we repent of our sin and believe that He died for us and rose again. Those who repent become disciples, or “trainers” and learn to obey Jesus’ commandments.

Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” Our neighbour is defined in the story of the Good Samaritan. He is the person who is so vulnerable and near the point of death. We learn in this story that Pharisee and tax collector walked by on the opposite side of the road from this man. Only a Samaritan, who was frowned upon by the religious establishment of his day, was to help the injured man. Jesus commanded his deciples to “Go and do likewise.”

Jesus also said, “Whatever you have done to the least of these, my bretheren, you have done unto me.” So to demonstrate our love for God, we love “the least of these.”

To go further, Jesus said in Matthew 28: “All authority in Heaven and on Earth is given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,, and teaching them to do everything I have commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” If we are to make disciples, including teaching them to do everything Jesus commanded, doesn’t that include teaching others to love their pre-born neighbours?

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