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Christian Capital Punishment

Is it all right for a Christian to be employed as an executioner by a state that has capital punishment?

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 ---John1944 on 10/31/07
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I would find it difficult to hang out with Christians who were itching to be executioners.
---old_guy on 7/17/08

What a fabulous interesting question.-- I am of such a cowardly nature as to not would be the executor for any state. My thoughts run like this, if I were forced into this position I would ask God to let me deliver a soul wrenching message about salvation to the one about to die!
---Mima on 7/16/08

John, Death by "stoning"was part of God's law (OT) None of these bleeding hearts today would be willing to obey that law then? If someone murdered one of my family members ,I would be more than willing to be their executioner!
---1st_cliff on 11/3/07

Are there no Christian policemen who carry loaded guns? They may be called on to make an instant decision to shoot or be shot!Are there no Christian military personnel carying guns? Shooting terrorists? Thou shalt not kill? Do you swat flies? That's killing! With all your getting,get "understanding" God demanded the killing of certain persons! What were the "cities of refuge"?
---1st_cliff on 11/3/07

Good point Steve! Where's the sympathy for all the innocent victims of these murderers?
---jerry6593 on 11/3/07

All forms of man-made justice are going to have man's biases enter in. Yet the greater injustice is that we steal innocent people's lives to preserve murderers. My cousins are prison guards. They wouldn't have to be there 40-60 hours per week if we executed murderers. It costs around $70,000 per year to keep murderers. Thats as much as I make in 2 years. So that murderer's life is worth two of mine working to support them.
---steve on 11/2/07

Elijah was an executioner!
---jerry6593 on 11/2/07

Cynthia, I am so sorry for what you've been through. I cannot begin to understand your pain. I will be praying for you. Take care.
---Kella3336 on 11/2/07

Human beings have proven to be totally inept at trying to apply CP in any kind of fair and impartial way.
It should be outlawed.
The percentage of non-whites found guilty and given CP as opposed to whites. Non-whites get CP at a far higher rate. Their lives are not seen as having as much value and therefore it must be better for society to get rid of them.
The other reason is there must be a one should be given that job.
---Andrea on 11/1/07

Thanks for your responses. I guess the answer is, Christians can support capital punishment but should hire non-believers to carry out executions because it would not look good if Christians themselves were executioners.
---John1944 on 11/1/07

I believe in neither capital punishment nor abortion. The old testament speaks of capital punishment but if we are to say that this is the reason that we should have it now then we should have it for the same reasons that the bible speaks of and this includes stoning a woman to death if she becomes pregnant through rape but did not cry for help. Muslims do this and they also amputate hands and behead people. All of this is because they believe that O.T. teachings are for today.
---RitaH on 11/1/07

Yes, you all make great points. I suppose there are two sides to this coin. And in some cases God permits us to murder? However, I think we must really be sure, Jesus would have to walk into my room {in PERSON} to give me the o.k. on that one.
---Whisper on 11/1/07

Lets not forget, that it was God who instituted the death penality. But like most everything God creates, Satan comes along and permeates.
---catherine on 11/1/07

personally I don,t believe in capital punishment.though God does tell us that governments have the right to war,and create laws that allow it.its a matter of conscience.murder is the word,not thou shalt not kill.
---tom2 on 11/1/07

There is a big difference between capital punishment and murder! Elijah executed 450 prophets of Baal, at the direction of God.

Isn't it strange that most people who oppose capital punishment are in favor of abortion? They have compassion for the guilty, but none for the innocent.
---jerry6593 on 11/1/07

Hi Whisper, murder is killing someone in cold blood, perhaps even a stranger. What goes on at capital punishment is justice (hopefully!) but trust me, murder should NOT go unpunished.
---Mary on 10/31/07

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The same old testament law of "thou shalt not kill" required stoning to death for certain of the more serious offenses. God therefore commanded executions. I don't think any good hearted person would want to be an executioner, but it is easy to see why it is desirable to have someone carry out this ultimate form of justice.
---Brent on 10/31/07

Blessings John, from a personal view, I could not be employed as an excutioner, knowing that whether a person is innocent or guilty I played a part in their death. Last year I had to make the decision to pull life support off of my son. I have been haunted about this decision and I have a hard time sometimes dealing with it, even now a year later. God says Thou shalt not commit murder, so That is the main reason that I could not as well as would not be a part of it.
---Cynthia on 10/31/07

1 John 3:15 says whosoever hates his brother is a murderer. If the Church had a prison, would we desire to be an executioner to carry out the death penalty on those who say they love Jesus but hate their brother? I think not. I could have received the death penalty for a crime I committed but received life with parole. Today I am free and pastor a church. God can kneel down a murderer and raise up a minister, just aske the Apostle Paul.
---Billy on 10/31/07

It says in the 10 commandments
Thou shalt not kill... you need to heard the Bible before you voice your opinions.
---annette on 10/31/07

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One of the ten commandments is:


If that is not murder I don't know what is!
---Whisper on 10/31/07

I just do not see how a man of God could do this. You may be putting someone to death that is innocent. Again, I don't see how.
---catherine on 10/31/07

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