I have read that the Hebrew word for murder is very similar to kill and, through interpretation, had been written as ‘kill’.
I believe God is a loving God, and I also believe there is evil (Satan) in this world. Historically (biblically) there have been plenty of examples of evil humans being killed by God, either through human hands or of His own accord.
I am trying to come to grips with this as I have been personally affected by murder. Sadly, both as a family member of a victim as well as a perpetrator.
If it truly was ‘kill’ then it obviously has an impact with regard to capital punishment(CP) . However, if it is ‘murder’, which requires forethought, it could be argued that, though forethought is used in CP, CP is a tool in ridding society of evil and letting the person have their ultimate judgement with God.
This arguement dovetails with the discussion of whether or not those who murder, or break any other commandment, (don’t forget the deadly sins too!) are eligible for God’s forgiveness. I believe they must be truly sorry in their hearts, and only God knows a persons heart.
That being said, there are those in society who, for various reasons, will go to Hell lest they repent. Does society have a duty to kill those who have murdered, regardless of whether they have or have not repented?
In God always!