xCaptainx wrote:To steal a William Lane Craig point and flip it around; when a Lion kills a Zebra, it's not murder. So what is murder? If I was to kill a home invader, is this not a needless death or simply survival? If I knowingly kill this man knowing that if I dont, he will kill me. Is this murder or self defence? Does God take our courts findings into account, or our definition of 'murder' or 'manslaughter' when deciding my taking of another mans life was moral (christian moral) or not? Our definition of murder is simply our inept awareness of our own conscience and our attempt at understanding it
most christians believe in some kind of supreme court in heaven, tho theres not much to back this up in the bible, a couple of oblique references to 'gods justice' at best.
court itself is very much a christian idea, in the early days of christian expansion churches were the only courts, what better place than to be seen by god saying his holy truth? -of course usurping the tribal leaders of one of their greatest forms of power over their people, but thats another story.
modern courts hold quite a bit of resemblance to an altar, in place of the high priest sitting in judgement, you have a magistrate.
these ideas are promoted in tracts, watchtowers, any sort of christian writing, television shows and movies, how many times did touched by an angel feature courtroom scenes or repentant criminals?http://www.touched.com/episodeguide/seasonnine/918.html
the 'christian' idea of morality is a messed up scary place, it does not rely on the bible, much of its rights and wrongs are drawn directly from other fantasy writings...