Is Murder Ever Legitimate?
Wearing a government suit doesn’t make it so, says Laurence Vance.
In the essay below, Vance wrote: “This means that not only are U.S. troops off the hook for killing tens of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan (and millions in Germany, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam), but that German soldiers who killed Polish, Russian, British, French, and American soldiers in World War II did nothing legitimate. It also means that Japanese soldiers in World War II did not sin when they killed Chinese or American soldiers. The writer’s blanket and careless statements mean that no soldier who ever has taken the life of “the enemy” while engaged in war has ever done anything illegitimate or sinful. This is ludicrous.”
jtl, 419: It is not only ludicrous, it reflects an insular attitude and inability to be empathetic–”we” just can’t seem to get the shoe to fit the other foot. After all, “everyone” knows that “we are there to help those people.” Try telling one of us that just after you have ransacked our house and see what you get. — jtl, 419
by Laurence M. Vance
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Is killing another human being ever justifiable? Is committing acts of violence ever permissible? Is murder ever legitimate?
In an otherwise good article on self-defense, “The Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense,” a Christian writer in the Berean Searchlight looses his way when he brings up the subject of killing in war. Here are the relevant paragraphs:
War is another area where the taking of human life is legitimate in the eyes of God. When the soldiers asked John the Baptist, “And what shall we do?” it is true that John advised them to “do violence to no man” (Luke 3:14). However, these instructions must be considered in light of the fact that he did not insist that these soldiers quit being soldiers. This means that…………..