Anger, hatred, and the taking of innocent life are issues that have plagued the world since the days of Cain and Abel. When is anger justifiable? What constitutes unrighteous anger? How are Christians to view suicide, abortion, euthanasia, mercy-killing, and the like? What do the Scriptures say about engaging in wars or killing in self-defense? Within this book Swiss Reformer Pierre Viret (1511-1571) discusses the Biblical principles needed to address the crucial issues of our day regarding life and death.
Questions of anger and hatred, brotherly reconciliation, murders and magistrates, the death penalty and pardon, just wars, the shedding of innocent blood, and much more is examined and considered through the lens of Scripture within this little treatise. Joining Pierre Viret is fellow-Reformer John Calvin with a sermon preached on the shedding of innocent blood. Drawing from the doctrines laid down in Scripture, Calvin examines the duties and roles of men, Christians, and magistrates when innocent blood has been shed in their land.