Here’s a question that has been bothering me for years, and I so appreciate your thoughts:
**If abortion is a sin, and one of the commandments is “thou shalt not kill”…why do so many Catholics have no problem with killing as a soldier and also, the death penalty? **(and killing animals for food, for that matter. Though I think I’ve seen that one explained before…that they are put here meant for food?)
It looks like the commandment doesn’t specify certain types of killing are okay with God and some are not.
Also, we can’t use the argument that we have to kill for our country…since I’ve seen hundreds of people on this site state that God’s law trumps man-made laws.
I understand that it might be okay if it’s self-defence or protecting your loved ones…like when a crazed person breaks into your home and tries to kill you or your children, etc.
But killing at war is so often not “self-defense” but about power or land or being someone’s ally or political purposes, etc, etc.
I’m of the mind that either we are allowed to kill or we are not. It looks like this is what the commandments say.
So much of the catholic religion seems to black and white, right or wrong, on most of it’s issues…why not with this one, one of the most important issues of all??
Or can we find some bit of scripture somewhere in the bible, maybe take it out of context, to support any argument? I’m sure we can find a sentence or story that will show it’s okay to kill sometimes?
Thanks for any wisdom you care to offer!