Murder Defined by the Bible

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      • People are not to be murdered because they are created in the image of God. (Genesis 9:6)
      • Murder must be intentional, with premeditation (Joshua 20:3)
      • Killing of embryos is intentional, and premeditated, and is, therefore, murder
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The Bible prohibits the killing of human beings because they are created in the image of God.1 In order to be considered murder, the killing must be both premeditated and intentional. Since embryonic stem cell research results in the premeditated, intentional killing of a human being, Christian theology would consider it to be murder.

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  1. "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. (Genesis 9:6)

  2. that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood. (Joshua 20:3)
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