Catechism Notes on the Sixth Commandment.
"You shall do
Bible, Calvin's Institutes, Catholic Catechism)
What Does "Murder" Include?
of this Commandment: [Matthew 5:22-23] [1 John 3:15] Includes a
outward act of murder to the inward holding of anger in our
to the body of another:
violence of all kinds directed at another
any kind of physical assault
pushing, slapping, kicking... sexual assault of any kind.
Examples: abortion (except in extreme cases), euthanasia,
to another (psychological harm)
threats, intimidating others, cursing them anything that
leads them to be afraid
others to sin, especially those who are under one's
authority or who are weaker (especially children see Matthew
18:6-7, Luke 7:15)
Why Are We Forbidden to Murder (intimidate, hate,...)?
God is the
giver of life, and loves and cherishes all life
any action that limits the freedom and growth of another.
When people live in fear of another, it limits their freedom
as human beings and stunts the growth of their soul.
the flood, the whole world was filled with violence (Genesis
6:11) Violence is the sign of the final degradation of the soul
- the opposite of giving one's life for a friend (love) is to
take another life out of self love (hate).
What Can We Do About Violence?
its source in your soul - envy, covetousness, revenge, lust
for power, frustration, injustice
heart of reconciliation is forgiveness - recall God's
forgiveness of each of us, even while Christ was being
tortured and was hanging on the Cross.
kills. If anger is in us, we are to humble ourselves and put
on the Lord Jesus Christ:
then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved; compassion,
meekness, and patience, forbearing one another.