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Adam & Eve (2) - On Death Row (2) - Accidental Death and Murder

Updated on December 5, 2018
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Unexpectedly when the loss of a loved one occurs it jerks the senses in many directions causing some to go temporarily insane and others to go numb. Life is all there is in the mind of billions, this life and nothing more.

Some believe it cruel to approach a grieving person with the hope that there is a continuation of association in the next life with the loved one. Still, I think it is cruel having lost many close loves to death only wanting to grieve never again seeing loved ones in this life. As Ecclesiastes instructs,

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ...A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Eccl. 3:1, 4

Understanding the death process and reasoning does not mean sadness at the loss of association does not occur. Before He raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus wept at having lost him along with the sisters who wept. Parting from the things in life that are the source of love and joy in mortality brings with it sorrow.

Adam and Eve learned this when they partook of the fruit that started this journey for all of humanity to experience life. Death is a massive part of life. Adam & Eve (2) - On Death Row (1) - Death by Natural Causes and Disease has information related to the death as it applies to the human condition when there is loss due to natural causes and disease. When life is unexpectedly taken due to accident or murder, in this article, receives some attention.

This article is not about how to deal with the lost of a loved one, but stresses the truth that death is a part of mortal life that Adam and Eve had to learn to deal with in order for the human family to learn to become like God and inherit all that He has as offered through Jesus Christ. Death must come before the reward.

God knows the outcome of every individual life but is not responsible for what happens for His knowledge of each life. Death must come to all.

Death by Accident

Mortal life is frail, and sometimes it ends due to the carelessness or negligence of others. Accidents are just that, unintentional. Parents leave children in hot cars for whatever the reason, who then fall asleep and die. Horrific are the consequences in society and for the parent who negligently causes the death of his or her child. Unintentional, but the environment created by that unintentional act leads to the death of many people nonetheless.

Many people believe that there was a plan for that child to die. Such a belief could be grounded in a degree of truth. Agency still exists when a person does extreme things to end his or her or another's life early. If God gives a command to do well as He did with Cain, there remains the possibility to do well or else why offer it as a command? Life for a season is the command for each human. Death appointed to the righteous is just that, an appointment. It will not occur sooner than God commands no matter the situation. There is a 'However' in this clause that people quote at the death of loved ones--not one for any individual to consider personally, but one for God to know.

The future is constantly present before the Lord, Who could prevent death by accident of each person who would listen. What remains in effect is that some of the deaths by accident are written into the plan for the benefit of others to find God. Others are due to the negligence of unyielding people at the expense of others; others are caused by the circumstances in a given situation. Those who do not follow God are not privy to know when their time is near. Righteous people have the honor to know when their time is at hand though they might not be at liberty to share. There are no accidental deaths among the righteous or the wicked that God has not worked into His plan for humanity.

Understanding the reasons for all deaths that appear to mortal reasoning to be accidental would take more than the space given in this article to discuss. Everything that happens is not meant to be because it is. In other words, God knows the outcome of every individual life but is not responsible for what happens for His knowledge of each life. Death must come to all.

Accidents happen. God sent humankind to Earth to learn to deal with the unknown without losing sight of faith and hope in the things He revealed through scripture.

Paul taught:

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12

Paul instructs that the perspective from which humanity views life will change as their vantage in life changes from one level to the next. Hearing the truths of God is as if looking through a dim or dark glass of understanding. Scripture offers face-to-face vantage from which to the see the truths of God where believers know things in part until the Holy Spirit reveals all truth to humanity as they know themselves to exist in truth.

Once the Plan of Salvation as revealed to Adam and Eve is fully understood by the enlightening influence of the Spirit of God, accidents are seen in the tapestry of eternal life and death is a sorrowful yet not a crippling experience.

Like God Who created mankind, humanity can also take away. Murder is intentionally ending the life force of another person. Universally across the human family, murder is unacceptable in all of its forms except for war.

The War of 1812

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Murder and War

Mother nature is the force God put in rotation to make sure that all the elements of life are present for the benefit of human growth and development, which humanity has a commission to subdue. With that commission, humanity also has the power to destroy.

Like God Who created mankind, humanity can also take away. Murder is intentionally ending the mortal life of another person. Universally across the human family, murder is unacceptable in all of its forms except for war.

Those who kill in the name of country and king are not murderers, but the people in power who declared the war if it is unjust will be held accountable at the judgment bar of Christ for causing the deaths of some many on both sides. Mortal tribunals of war criminals like the infamous Adolf Hitler occur when possible to hold men accountable for the atrocities of war. Life is precious. Men and women working together can create life, a beautiful thing. It does not take much to end it. Again, mortality is fragile.

Defending life and property is not murder, but manslaughter if someone dies--incidental death due to the circumstance. God does give the authorization to take life when protecting home and nation if no other option is available.

Restitution for taking the life of another is not possible without an act of God. Because of that fact, murder is one of the most egregious acts in mortality.

Self-defense?

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When is it wrong to take life in self-defense?

  • Using self-defense as an excuse to take the life of another person, even if it holds up in a court of law, is murder.
  • Using unnecessary force because of urges to hurt people resulting in the death of another person is murder.
  • Killing an enemy who is defenseless is murder.

Celebrating the death of a person is akin to murder. This comes with a caveat. The celebration of the death of a person who is oppressing others is not a sin unless those who celebrate do so out of hate towards a person and for murder's sake, therein lies the murderous heart.

Seeking the death of those who warrant death by the laws of the land is not murder, such as those who murder and the state sanctions a capital punishment. When Cain murdered Abel, God did not sentence him to die. However capital punishment is, since Cain, been allowed in Genesis 9:6. King James Version reads:

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

The Joseph Smith translation of the Bible expanding the reason God gave in that context reads:

And whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for man shall not shed the blood of man. For a commandment I give, that every man’s brother shall preserve the life of man, for in mine own image have I made man. JST Genesis 9:12-13

Restitution for taking the life of another is not possible without an act of God. Because of that fact, murder is one of the most egregious acts in mortality.

Conclusion

Death is a normal part of life in all of its forms. There is nothing wrong with grieving for those lost in death for any reason, but understanding that death is not the end of life is prerequisite to dealing with the psychological effects. Adam and Eve did bring with them suffering upon leaving Eden's Garden, death being one of the hardest for those left behind to endure.

There is a promise to all of the seed of Adam and Eve that they and all of humanity will live again after death. The comfort that comes from the knowledge is not free. Moroni, an ancient prophet reveals that

Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. Ether 12:6

It is possible that the comfort in knowing that the resurrection is real will come to those who experience the loss of a loved. Adam and Eve losing Abel tested their faith, though they continued thankfully to believe. Alma in referring to their actions said that

Death comes upon mankind... which is the temporal death; nevertheless there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which... is after the resurrection of the dead. Alma 12:24

In Adam & Eve (2) - Probation Called Life (1) - Out of Eden's Garden, perspective provided to understand why this life is not all there is gives understanding to the importance of living a good life.

© 2018 Rodric Anthony

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