56. Do we fulfil the sixth commandment by merely not killing our neighbour?

No, by condemning envy, hatred and anger, God commands us at the same time to love our neighbour as ourselves. We are to treat our neighbour with patience, peace, meekness, mercy and kindness; to avert all harm from him to the best of our ability and even wish our enemies well and do them good.

  • Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering. (Colossians 3:12)
  • I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45)
  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

God is the Lord of life; every life is sacred to Him. That is why we may not destroy human life.

So God does not allow abortion, nor euthanasia (ending the life of the terminally ill, the disabled, or the mentally ill), no blood revenge, no lynching, no war of conquest. Man must also not wilfully put his own life at risk; destruction of one’s health by an unhealthy lifestyle and suicide are abominations to God.