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Christians Support Death Penalty

Candidates in political debate were asked What would Jesus do about our death penalty. Jesus was put to death by death penalty as part of God's salvation plan. Does that make it okay to do it today?

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Well even in the Bible days if people murdered they were put to death. If there was capital punishment today there would be alot less murders because they would know the consquences of their actions. Too many times nowdays murderers are given a slap on the hand and say don't do it again and they go out and do it again and again.
---Sherrill on 2/12/08


I think, taking Christ death as a basis for death penalty law is some what improper to do. In the sense that the flow thoughts before is different, comparing it today. And I think it is not proper to take it as a basis of death penalty to be morally acceptable. However I believe that death penalty is morally acceptable in the context of the people whom the law is implemented.
---jude on 1/18/08


Find me a Christian who wants to be an executioner and I will have a Christian who is not a Christian.
---InimicusStultitiae on 1/17/08


The issue about the expense of housing criminals vs. that of executions is a practical concern in our horribly mixed up world, but it is not a primary concern in such a moral issue. I am making the religious argument that God must not think it is horrible if he required it (not just allowed it) during O.T. times. As to the "turn the other cheek" I believe that is a personal path, not a way to run governments and courts.
---jackie on 1/16/08


jody,
There is a difference between rightful authority which should be obeyed, but there is also unlawful authority such as the Nazi's just as there are laws that are unjust such as abortion. That is the problem with literal interpretation of scripture and a lack of a teaching authority such as the Holy See. We are not obligated to obey in those cases. At the Nuremburg trials the Nazis defense was that their superiors ordered them to kill Jews and this was not accepted as valid defense.
---janet on 1/14/08




I believe that the death penalty should remain a legal option in America but rarely be used. I would limit it to terrorist-related crimes because of their history of taking hostages and demandig the release of imprisoned terrorists. In that instance, the death penalty would protect the innocent.
---Greyrider on 12/7/07


Jesus Commands: "You all have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say to you, That you all resist not evil, but whoever will strike you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. Love your enemies. Matthew 5:38,39,44. As the sinners were killing him, then said Jesus: "Father, forgive them. for they know not what they do." Luke 23:24.
---Eloy on 12/7/07


I think Jesus made it clear that those in authority are to be respected and that their rules and judgements are to be supported by Christians. God sees death differently than we do also so I really think Jesus would simply entertain the punishment as one which is the Law OF the Land and advise us to stay out of trouble.
---jody on 12/6/07


It is cheaper to imprison someone for life. Death penalty appeals cost the taxpayers well over a million dollars per inmate, and they are automatic and mandatory.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/6/07


Yhe Oled Testament is a history of the Jews, God's people. They were not necessarily right in what they did.
---alan_of_UK on 12/6/07




Jackie: The O.T. supported a lot of pretty gruesome things. Thank God it's differant now.
---sue on 12/5/07


The O.T. supports the death penalty. Peter and God in New Testament times were involved with the deaths of a few church members (Act 5:1-11) that lied and held back some of their offering. The issue about loving your enemies is also related to loving your neighbors. I don't see how it is loving your (good) neighbors to allow them to be attacked by the criminal, or requiring them to pay for the cost of his imprisonment. A properly conducted court case and execution is not murder, but biblical justice.
---jackie on 12/5/07


I don't support the death penalty. I don't see any reason for it. To me, it's just legalized murder. What does it solve? Nothing. It can't bring the loved one back.
---Katie on 12/5/07


Mary, my wife and I have talked that over. We have decided that either of us or any family member or friend was murdered, neither of us would support the death penalty for the perpetrator. If we did, we would be going against Jesus' precept to love our enemies. Bless you.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/3/07


greetings.Jesus was put to death by a lynching mob of religious/political leaders who got permission fron a critically spiritually weak appointed territorial leader.Jesus broke no laws initiating a death warrant for him.His breaking religious traditions was his death sentence.A Father can hardly be a judge over his own children.Those who sit on the supreme courts in heaven enact just judgement.Only do they have that authority to cause extinction of personality.
---earl on 12/2/07


Hi, God bless you and your wife for befriending a death row inmate--that is wonderful. :) And I can understand why you would not want her to die, but what if you were not this woman's friend, but a relative of someone she murdered? My brother's killer was let off the hook completely by a lousy jury (sad but true). I can pray for the man's soul and sometimes have but it still hurts to think of him walking around free while my brother is dead.
---Mary on 11/30/07


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My wife and I have visited a woman on death row here in California for many years and have come to love her very much. We certainly don't want to see her killed.
---InimicusStultitiae on 11/30/07


Some Christians do believe that we should have the death penalty (in U.K. it was abolished many years ago). I personally would hate to see it reintroduced. The bible speaks of the death penalty, but also speaks of stoning women who were raped, plucking out an eye if it offends you etc.(Could that mean when looking lustfully at someone). I believe that certain laws were for certain people at a certain point in time. Jesus came to take away the necessity for these laws.
---RitaH on 11/30/07


Eye for an eye tooth for a tooth, but in this day and age you give your own child correction Biblically, it could land you in jail. LAWLESSNESS abounds, and murderers, baby and child traffickers, do not so much get a slap on the wrist. this corrupt world has no consience any more and is unable to tell the difference between right and wrong, because silly tiny nothings, get jail time, and HUGE OFFENDERS, MAJOR CRIMINALS are left to roam the streets unpunished.
---Whisper on 11/30/07


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