Originally Posted by octaveshift
.....So is that the general line of thought? That there are differences in intent and circumstance?
I believe so. It is very difficult to take a litteral translation of anything in the bible - you must study the culture of the period, as well as the evolution of the languages and translations through the years to understand how the meaning of words spoken 2000+ years ago relate to what is happening today.
God clearly commands his people in to war on numerous occasions. I think that as you peel back the meaning of the original language and words used in the ten commandments, and trace their meaining and translation through history, you'll get someting a little more concise than "kill". Unfortunately I'm not able to do this.
As a christian I am against the death penalty, but I think there are bigger issues facing our country and cultrue at this point.