You haven't heard from me in a while but I have a few questions only you can answer. A long, long time ago you provided us with some rules to live by. One, THOU SHALT NOT KILL, seemed pretty straight forward.
Many of our leaders, both secular and religious, have told us that there are exceptions to this rule. Some say it is okay to execute people who commit certain crimes. Isn't an execution just premeditated murder ? Often, when our leaders are unable to resolve differences, they send their young people to kill the young people of their enemies. They call it war. Isn't this just murder also ? If we are all your children, aren't we killing our brothers and sisters ?
Some also say it is alright to kill someone who is trying to steal from you. Is there anything any of us might possess that is more valuable than a human life ?
These exceptions have led to confusion and resulted in some people coming up with their own exceptions. They kill for vengeance, out of fear, out of hatred, jealousy, greed or whatever. I don't think any of these are acceptable to you. Perhaps I am naive.
Unless I hear otherwise from you, I will go on assuming that there are no exceptions to this rule.
Bruce A Kimball