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And they may present equally cogent arguments to support their views.
For more information on this topic, you may wish to read an article that appeared in the .
You also may wish to read former President Kieschnick's statement on peace.
The current Catechism has "murder" instead of "kill." ANSWER: In the synodical explanation of Luther's Small Catechism it asks, "Does anyone have the authority to take another's person's life?
" The answer: "Yes, lawful government, as God's servant, may execute criminals and fight just wars." The reference cited is Rom.
13:4, which coincides with the fact that the 5th commandment does not forbid all "killing," but (as the Hebrew word used in Exodus 20 makes clear) sinful and unjustified killing, i.e., "murder." For more information on this topic, we encourage you to read the Commission on Theology and Church Relations report on , which includes discussions of "Christians, Violence and War," "Christian Conscience," etc.
You may also want to contact the Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces for additional guidance in responding to this situation.
Return to Christian Citizenship FAQs | Return to main menu , Pastor Eldon Winker, Executive Director of the former Commission on Organizations, has a section on acupuncture in his chapter on New Age Health Care.