Requires...The Old Testament prescribed death for a variety of offenses, most notably murder. God instituted capital punishment in Genesis 9:6 - "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed;"
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.)
Thief on cross: "("We are being justly punished, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds")."
These seem to be the closest the New Testment gets to the word "require." But being "just" does not necessarily mean it is required.
If it is true that Paul was a murderer as he stated about himself, then the notion of "reprieve" is alive and well in the New Testament. And reprieving folks mean that the penalty is a possibility and not a requirement.
What do you think about the above logic...ON or OFF target?