U.S. Senator and
Republican Presidential Candidate
Following Ted Cruz' promise to "carpet bomb" ISIS, Newsmax host Ed Berliner asked the candidate whether that promise wouldn't force him to violate his Christian faith and the Bible's admonition against killing considering how many innocent lives this action would take.
Mr. Cruz offered his own unique interpretation of that particular commandment.
"Let's be clear, the Bible says, 'Thou shalt not murder,' which is different from 'Thou shalt not kill.' Defending yourself is an obligation of any president. It is not murder.'"what eye thynk: I learned the sixth commandment as "Thou Shalt Not Kill," but there are plenty of examples of other interpretations that use the word "murder." Bible Hub lists 21 different interpretations of this commandment, from King James (Thou Shalt Not Kill) to Young's Literal Translation (Thou dost not murder).
It appears that, according to those scholars who have interpreted the Bible over the centuries, the terms are interchangeable. Two thousand years later and along comes Ted Cruz to set them straight.
The death of innocents during a declared war is as ugly as it is inevitable. Proudly stating your intention to take innocent life outside of war is beyond ugly and evidence of a mind drowning in its own effluvia. Furthermore, using your own unique and self-serving interpretation of the Bible to make light of those deaths in order to advance your own political ambition is unquestionably a violation of another of Christianity's rules: #3: Thou Shalt Not Take the Lord Thy God's Name in Vain.
Ted Cruz, a bad "Christian," a bad choice for America.