For this post let us deal with something fundamental: So Christians, the "Born again" kind, can commit murder?
Feel free to defend or attack the theology in the comments. Use science. Use the Bible. Use philosophy. Use History. Use whatever evidence you think is relevant to proving your point.
This question was posted by Ryan Anderson on a different post so he would not have to answer Why Hitler was wrong?
If one wants to know what Born-Again Christians do and don't do, you read the Bible to find out. What does it say? The entire epistle of 1st John deals with this but given Ryan Anderson wrote (here):
Yeah, you are going to have to be more specific (the verse in question) because I'm not reading the whole epistle and then trying to guess what you mean. It would be better indeed if you could show the capability of rational thought and state why in your own word.
By his own admission, he's not going to read the very thing that will answer his question - one of the shortest books in the Bible. But we'll help him out because we know that exegesis is not one of his strengths.
So how did John know who was a born-again Christian and who is not?
9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another -1st John 3:9-11
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. -1st John 3:14-16
There are so many scriptures that deal with this but we are going to focus on the above verses. First. we know that a born-again Christian will not purposely continue to sin on and on. This is evidence that he/she is not born-again. A born-again Christian does all he/she can to live according to the commands of God which are summed up by loving one another. Further because a murderer does not gain eternal life and hating your brother or sister is equated with murder, I think it's pretty safe to conclude that born-again Christians don't make a practice of murdering or hating others. We should follow Christ's example of love.
This does not mean that if you have ever hated anyone or even killed someone that you are lost forever. God can still redeem you. You can still repent and receive forgiveness. Don't forget that the Greek in these text carries with it the idea of habitually sinning not making a mistake - but outright will-full rebellion. So here's the next question. John is writing to a church - a body of people who claim to believe as he does: Does "brothers and sisters" refer to every human being or just to other Christians? Well given that no where in the Bible is it condoned to hate anyone or to murder anyone - I'd say that this isn't a license to hate or kill non-Christians.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1st John 1:8-10
So a born-again Christian would embrace this and accept this and some one who isn't would reject this. If you, Ryan, or anyone else wanna know what a born-again Christian is, you need to read 1st John and the rest of the Bible, then won't need to ask questions like this one.
So, Ryan Anderson, what about now? Are you ready to answer my question: Why was Hitler wrong? Feel free to answer here