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“The” is a definite article that specifies something particular. We are bold to proclaim what we believe is an accurate interpretation of God’s Word. We could have adopted the title, “A Christian and Biblical Worldview for the 21st Century.”

However, Christians have been too soft on their philosophical and ethical principles that are derived from the Bible. For example, this author (Ed) has come to recognize different levels of Biblical commands. This level is seen in Psalm 119, the entirety of which is about the Law of God. In the New King James Version of the Bible, words include law, precepts, His ways, decrees, commands, statutes, and counsel.

There are the ten commandments that every one knows. But, what you may not know is the fullness of application of each commandment. For example, discussed below are the “sins forbidden by the Sixth Commandment” from the Westminster Larger Catechism #136.


The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are, all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others, except in case of public justice, lawful war, or necessary defense; the neglecting or withdrawing the lawful and necessary means of preservation of life; sinful anger, hatred, envy, desire of revenge; all excessive passions, distracting cares; immoderate use of meat, drink, labor, and recreations; provoking words, oppression, quarreling, striking, wounding, and whatsoever else tends to the destruction of the life of any.

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Westminster Confession, Larger and Shorter Catechisms

What is fascinating about this commandment is that in the short phrase, “all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others, except in case of public justice, lawful war, or necessary defense,” the complete view for those who are pro-life is found. We can be against abortion (“all taking away of life”), for capital punishment (“public justice”), for a just war (“lawful war”), and the taking of a life in self-defense (“necessary defense”). And, this document was written almost 400 years ago!

And, thus we see the movement from the commandment itself to its more specific applications. God even takes His Commandment beyond the actions of men into their thought life. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment” (Matthew 5:21).

“The” includes the entire range from the literal commandments to the specific applications listed above in the catechism, even to the thought life, as Jesus taught. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). Thus, the full range of worldview is seen in this commandment from the mind of God to the mind of man.

 


 

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