Why Kill? #36

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Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death. Leviticus 24:17NIV

It seems like I am always thinking and writing about things that occur in this life that I just do not understand and today’s perspective is no different. It seems like everyday there are multiple murders not only where I live but all over this world. I have not researched them but I am sure the murder statistics are staggering in all 50 of the United States. What I can’t seem to wrap my mind around is why people choose to kill others. Maybe I don’t understand because I have personally never gotten angry enough with someone or had any other reason to even think about killing someone. I think a person who will kill has completely lost all value for the lives of others as well as for their own life. People who kill must feel like they have nothing to lose. I wonder if people who murder ever consider the consequences before acting out the crime, do they think about getting caught and having to live life in prison. Do they think about how it will affect their own lives and that of their families?

My guess is that they don’t consider how it’s going to change their own lives and the lives of the people who loved the victims and are left to mourn them. Maybe there is no time to think of those things or anything else when murder is an impulsive act, but when it is premeditated I wonder what goes through the killer’s mind. I very often write about how I feel like there is a reason for and a lesson in everything that God allows to happen, all the murders that are occurring around me near and far happen to be one of those things that I have not figured out what God’s reason for and lesson in allowing multiple murders to occur every single day is. What is it that God is trying to teach us by allowing all the violent crimes that occur on a daily basis throughout this world?

In some places outside of the United States people are taught to kill from a young age because it is believed that it will in some way make them a martyr, I don’t think I will ever understand that belief or train of thought. Maybe I’ll have to do some research on those beliefs for another day’s perspective. I am sure we all know that there are even places where presidents and prime ministers are killing their own citizens for no apparent reason. It is completely senseless to me. It is not often that I personally know the names and faces of the murder victims that I hear on the television or read about online but it’s always heartbreaking to me to know that someone’s life was ended by the hands of another. I always feel such sorrow for the victims’ families as well as the perpetrators’ loved ones because I am sure it greatly affects both families.

After numerous murders occur back to back as they did recently where I live, people want to start playing the blame game, they blame the police, the mayor and other elected officials, or the perpetrators’ background, but no one ever comes up with a solution to prevent the murder/crime problem and it seems to be a cycle with no end in sight. I often wonder if there really is a real solution. Can you really stop someone from getting a gun or some other weapon and killing another with it? I guess figuring out why people choose to murder is just one item on a list of many things that I will have to keep praying about and hopefully soon God will help me to gain some understanding as to why murder happens and why it happens so much. I think it’s time to start building each other up instead of killing one another.

A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:3NIV

That’s just my perspective.💜

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