Revenge is morally right. If it were not, how could a righteous God declare: "Vengeance is mine"? But because it is fraught with such egregious abuse, He has taken the right of revenge out of the hands of the individual and made it the duty of the state (Romans 13: 1-4). And even though the state can sometimes abuse or misuse that duty/right, Jesus recognized its validity. When dragged before Pilate for interrogation, Pilate asked Him: "Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You? Jesus made no effort to deny that Pilate had the authority to execute criminals but reminded him that the authority he had was given to him from God (John 19:10-11).
Any state that doesn't practice capital punishment is failing to fulfill its most fundamental God-given purpose.
To: Lucas McCain
Revenge is morally right. If it were not, how could a righteous God declare: "Vengeance is mine"?
Meaning "Mine," not yours.
posted on 12/18/2003 3:44:07 PM PST
To: Lucas McCain
Anyone who cannot differentiate morally between the killing of an innocent baby and the execution of a heinous criminal has his moral head up his a$$. The same God who condemned the murder of the innocent mandated the execution of murderers.
The sanctity of life is upheld by prohibiting abortion. It is also upheld by the practice of capital punishment.
(Psa 139:13 KJV) For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.(Psa 139:14 KJV) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.(Psa 139:15 KJV) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.(Psa 139:16 KJV) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
(Luke 1:39 KJV) And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; (Luke 1:40 KJV) And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. (Luke 1:41 KJV) And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: (Luke 1:42 KJV) And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.(Luke 1:43 KJV) And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?(Luke 1:44 KJV) For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
(Psa 106:37 KJV) "Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,(Psa 106:38 KJV) And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. (Psa 106:39 KJV) Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. (Psa 106:40 KJV) Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance."
(Gen 9:6 KJV) "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
(Num 35:31 KJV) "Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. (Num 35:32 KJV) And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest. (Num 35:33 KJV) So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it."
The Pope and RCC bishops are right on abortion because they agree with Scripture on this issue, and they are wrong on capital punishment because they contradict Scripture on that issue.
posted on 12/18/2003 10:35:42 PM PST
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