Corrupting God’s Word: Thou Shalt Not Kill

thou shalt not kill

“Thou shalt not kill.”
–Exodus 20:13

The corruption of God’s Word continues at a furious pace.

This alteration of the Bible is not the result of satanists, atheists or homosexuals (the three groups about which the churches endlessly chatter).

No, the corruption of God’s Word is promoted and supported by the apostate churches; in the pages of so-called Christian books; on the websites of the antichrist apologetics and discernment ministries.

ONE of the clearest examples of corruption is the thoroughly modern teaching that the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” is actually “Thou shalt not murder.”

Those who are interested in knowing the truth (as opposed to those who don’t care, want to get along, or actively spread deceit) can know that the commandment given from God IS NOT “Thou shalt not murder.”

TWO EXAMPLES

“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
–Genesis 9:6

KING DAVID AND THE TEMPLE

King David wanted to build God a temple in Jerusalem. He set aside materials for the building but was told by God it was not for David to build His house, but for David’s son.

“And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God: But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.”
–1 Chronicles 22:7-9

Notice that God does not call David a murderer or mention the murder of Uriah the Hittite (which God had forgiven and forgotten); it was David’s many wars (many sanctioned by God) which were mentioned as the reason.

David himself acknowledged that God would not let him build his temple because David had shed too much blood during his many wars.

“Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building: But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.”
1 Chronicles 28:2-3

King Solomon, David’s son, also said it was the wars of David which caused God to stop David from building His temple.

“And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet. But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.”
–1 Kings 5:3-4

CITIES OF REFUGE

Whenever a man died at the hands of another man, God required the blood of the man responsible EVEN IF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. Therefore, cities of refuge were named in Israel.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan; Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares. And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.”
–Numbers 35:9-12

IF a man died, the person responsible had to flee to a city of refuge for safety.

“These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.”
–Numbers 35:15

Note that the cities of refuge were NOT for murderers: if a man murdered someone, he was killed (even if the murderer had fled to a city of refuge.

EVEN IF the man was not guilty of murder, the man had to STAY IN the city of refuge until the high priest died. IF the man was caught outside the city of refuge by the “avenger of blood,” he would be killed.

IF a man was guilty of murder, he was slain, even if he was in a city of refuge. In fact, if a man was guilty of murder, the authorities in the city of refuge were responsible for returning him to the scene of the crime for punishment.

“And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die; Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.

But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait, Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm:”
–Numbers 35:16-23

This is clearly referring to differences between murder and killing which is not murder.

“Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments: And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.”
–Number 35:24-25

If the slayer who was acquitted of murder left the city of refuge before the high priest died, he was liable to be killed.

“But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled; And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood: Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.”
–Numbers 35:26-28

God gives the reason for this system.

“So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.”
–Number 35:33

IT IS NOT “Thou shalt not murder”–that is a modern corruption which should be apparent from the rest of Scripture.

God’s commandment is “Thou shalt not kill.” The prohibition is against shedding the blood of man.

Why do foolish, evil men corrupt the Word of God?

Because they do not want to be held accountable to anyone other than themselves.

“Thou shalt not kill.”
–Deuteronomy 5:17


Believers are warned NOT to be deceived.

“Let no man deceive you by any means:”
–2 Thessalonians 2:3

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
–Matthew 24:4

Church-goers are held accountable even if they are deceived by false prophets, false apostles, false teachers, false Bibles, so-called “Christian” books, TV preachers, ungodly dreams and/or visions or false study guides by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

The deceived end up in the same place as the deceivers.

“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
–Matthew 15:14

This is the reason Christians are to study God’s Word with the aid of the ultimate Guide into ALL truth: the Holy Spirit.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
–2 Timothy 2:15

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
–John 16:13

IF the reader sincerely doesn’t want to be deceived, he won’t be.

IF the reader doesn’t really care, or gives lip service only to loving the truth or is too busy to ensure he isn’t deceived: God will hold him accountable.

Is the reader certain he is not deceived?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

Tender Mercies of the Lord: Will Not Always Be Available

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
John 20:31

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 3, 2016.]

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