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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Is there a similar sentiment in the new testament?

I don't think that many can argue that the old testament required capital punishment for murder....with exceptions....David vs Uriah the Hittite is one example.

Is there anything that demonstrates a requirement for the death penalty in the new Christian era ... or is it just an allowance? (Similar to divorce when adultery is discovered...not a requirement but an allowance.)


13 posted on 11/08/2004 2:37:10 PM PST by xzins ((Now that the election's over; I need a new tagline...))
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To: xzins

Romans 13:3-4 (NAS)

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.


I interpret this passage from Romans to require (at least expect) the governing authorities to "bear the sword" agianst those who practice evil. The authority in this instance is a minister of God - one who has responsibility to act on God's wrath over evil.


19 posted on 11/08/2004 5:24:37 PM PST by visually_augmented (I was blind, but now I see)
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To: xzins
"There is no question but that capital punishment was not only allowed but mandated in the Old Testament. In the New Law (New Testament) (St.) Paul recognizes the legitimacy of capital punishment . . .’It is not without purpose that the ruler carries the sword. He is God’s servant, to inflict his avenging wrath upon the wrongdoer Romans 13:4.’ " (TDP:OVS, 1986, pg. 84)

"...Christ regarded capital punishment as a just penalty for murder (Matthew 26:52)." --Protestant scholar Rev. Reuben Hahn (Mt. Prospect, Ill.), Human Events, 3/2/85.

See: Exodus, Chapter 21

Numbers 35:16 - But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.

I think you're absolutely wrong to say that you don't think "many" can argue the Old Testament required capital punishment.
24 posted on 11/10/2004 2:24:06 PM PST by Conservative Coulter Fan (BURN IN HELL, MICHAEL MOORE!)
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