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A Sin of Carelessness

Exodus 21:29-32 :

But if the bull had a habit of goring in the past, and it has been testified to its owner, and he has not kept it in, but it has killed a man or a woman, the bull shall be stoned, and its owner shall also be put to death. If a ransom is laid on him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is laid on him. Whether it has gored a son or has gored a daughter, according to this judgment it shall be done to him. If the bull gores a male servant or a female servant, thirty shekels of silver shall be given to their master, and the ox shall be stoned.

If a person owns an animal that is known to threaten people and does nothing about it until it kills someone, the Bible says that the owner should be killed. There is an exception that if he is given the option to pay to buy his own life back, he may do that. In either case, the animal is to be publicly executed.

Humans have harmed the world by sin and it has obviously effected the animal kingdom. God made it clear when He spoke to Noah in Genesis 9:5 where it says that He will require blood "of every animal" that kills a man. God expects the animal kingdom to respect mankind. It is an error for a government to think otherwise. In fact, it is carelessness that will require punishment from God.

Notice that it is possible to commit murder, according to the Bible, through neglect. The principal is that if you knowingly tolerate a dangerous situation, for any reason, and someone dies, you must pay your life or the equivalent in money if offered. When the Bible says "you shall not murder," it is talking about willful neglect as well.

God upholds an order in nature and does not excuse even the animals when they misbehave. Notice that God also doesn't tolerate this when done to a person's own family. If not stopping a harmful thing is wrong in a person's own family, how wrong do you think that abortion is? God wants us to love each other enough to remove anything dangerous out of our neighbor's way. Under no circumstances does He want us to kill an innocent person.

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