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Capital Punishment Still Bibilical

Although capital punishment was a correct punishment for some sins in O.T. times is it still a correct punishment or is this one of the O.T. laws that are no longer valid?

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Yes, I feel that capital punishment is still Biblical. God tells us that He changes not. He is a just God and a rightous God. He tells us to obey those who have rule over us. An eye for an eye We live in a world that says it is okay to kill an innocent unborn baby but we don't want to put to death a rapist, murderer, molester etc. It really doesn't make sense. If we would use the laws God gave us and the examples He set forth we would live in a better world.
---Leisa on 4/8/08


mike6553, the Mosaic Law death penalties were given to Israel alone, and were abolished in the Law of Christ (Heb. 8). But the death penalty for murder was part of the Law of Noah (Gen. 9), and was given to all mankind. And this law stands as long as the promise never to flood the entire earth. Paul affirms capital punishment is still operative in the Law of Christ (Rom. 13).
---Ktisophilos on 7/21/07


Leslie, I explained the "he who is without sin" on the "Capital Punishment And Abortion" blog. In summary, the Rabbinic context Jesus was addressing stated that a witness could not be guilty of the same sin that the defendant was accused of. It was not saying that perfect sinlessness was a preresquisite.
---Ktisophilos on 7/21/07


Capital punishment was put in place by God and was to be used very sparingly only for the worse offenses. And like all stuff in this life that God created or brought about, man and Satan has abused it and really God's laws too.
---catherine on 7/20/07


Capital punishment is very much needed today and always will be. It has nothing to do with being a Christian. Those of us who don't believe in it will one day. Let it hit close to home and it changes one's mind, real quick. There are many crooks, killers who don't mind killing and stealing and committing other heinous crimes against society. Something has to be done to stop this behavior.
---Robyn on 7/20/07




In every society that has dealt with this problem, there have been those who would say that what the offenders need is a little understanding and someone to work with them. Every time they found that to go soft on crime only increased the occurence of crime, it has never done anything to ease crime. We have grace today as our example, but, I believe that capital punishment still is very much needed. If criminals have nothing worse than a little time in jail to worry about, what kind of deterent is that?
---tommy3007 on 7/20/07


I once saw this poster that said: "I asked Jesus what He thought about capital punishment, and He said "Let He without sin, cast the first stone." This made an impact on how I viewed capital punishment.
---Leslie on 1/4/07


generally everything that came B.C. is abolished, and everything that came from the mouth of Christ is currently inforce: ie, the O.T. is pro-death sentence: take an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life; but the N.T. is anti-capital punishment: when struck turn the other cheek, forgive the offender, love your enemy; etc. You cannot serve the O.T. Laws together with the N.T. Laws, for they are contrary to each other.
---Eloy on 11/27/05


yes capital punishment is still valid even for NT believers.

Romans 13:4 "... for he (civil authority) is Gods servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out Gods wrath on the wrongdoer."

The sword is an instrument designed to kill.

This coming month the US will have put to death, its 1000th murderer and they have the God given authority to do so.
---lee on 11/26/05


Wht are the grounds for death penalty in the OT?
Children disobeying parents.Blasphemy or taking the Lords name in vain. Homosexuality. Mixing types of clothing. Murder. and of course adultery.
So, that would solve the adultery problem in our churches: take them out and stone them. Every time you take the Lords name, stoning.
Read your Bibles, its more then just murder.
---mike6553 on 10/19/05




Eloy; Tell me how you're priviledged to know that this is a true statement? Are you suggesting that Christians NOT defend themselves? (which sometimes means striking back)
---1st_cliff on 10/17/05


cliff, don't doubt it, it is true. Yes, if they throw stones at you, you pray for them and not throw stones back. Jesus tells us to do good to those who do us evil, and to love your enemies. The word tells us to bless and curse not, and if your enemy is thirsty, give them water to drink.
---Eloy on 10/16/05


Heather, Don't be surprised, killing is killing.
---Eloy on 10/16/05


Eloy, I'm a little surprised at your answers so far, considering you deal with the Greek texts. The Greek word used in the 6th commandment is rocsol (sp). Translated, literally, the word means "manslaughter." The definition of manslaughter is the deliberate taking of INNOCENT human life. Captital punishment entails ending lives that are hardly innocent. If you follow that through, your arguments here and on the blog asking about killing in wartime have no foundation.
---Heather on 10/16/05


Eloy; IMO "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" is of doubtfull origin. They knew exactly what they were doing.This is only in Lk. who was not an "eye-witness" as were John or Matthew (who never mentioned it!) Sure turn the other cheek for a "slap" (an insult) not for a punch in the mouth or a whack with a baseball bat! If we took your advice we would shake hands with AlQaeda .
---1st_cliff on 10/16/05


The Innocent One said "Forgive them for they know not what they do", he did not say, Kill them like they're killing me.
---Eloy on 10/16/05


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Vengeance belongs to the Lord, not man. Jesus said that "Of the Old Testament you have heard, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life: but the Lord God gives you a New Law, Love your enemies." You cannot turn the other cheek and forgive or pardon the offender, as Jesus commands us, and also kill them too. When you take a life for a life, then 2 lives are detroyed rather then 1, and killing the killer never brings the deceased back to life.
---Eloy on 10/16/05


Matt.5:38-40 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also."
---Ann5758 on 10/15/05


Phil the elder is right. The wages of sin is still death. So we are all subject to the death penalty. Romans 13 tells us "the powers that be are ordained of God...rulers are a terror to evil works... and bear not the sword in vain." God ordained the use of the death penalty by government, but not murder by individuals.
---Walte3963 on 10/15/05


phil the elder, God slew them, not man. Therefore it was not murder by man's hand, or capital punishment.
---Eloy on 10/15/05


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With what happened to Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10, I would say that capital punishment (in this case divine retribution) is still in vogue in a post Christ Ascension environment.
---Phil_the_Elder on 10/15/05


Yes, capital punishment is still valid. The only OT laws that are no longer valid are the prophetic ceremonial ordinances which were fulfilled by Jesus' death on the cross (e.g. animal sacrifice, passover).
---jerry6593 on 10/15/05


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