Skip to comments.CAPITAL PUNISHMENT What Does the Bible Teach? on this Vital Subject?
Posted on 12/02/2008 3:16:20 PM PST by The Ignorant Fisherman
Whoso sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. (Genesis 9:6)
1. Instituted by God Himself Capital punishment was instituted by God Himself after the worldwide flood. We learn of this in Genesis 9:6--"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." This verse speaks of a murderer, one who knowingly and violently sheds another man's blood, resulting in death. God here gives man the authority and the right and the duty to put to death the murderer: "by man shall his blood be shed." The reason given for this is based upon the value and sacredness of human life: "for in the image of God made he man." In this case we have justice being carried out according to the rule: "life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth" (Exodus 21:23-24). The penalty should fit the crime. In this case the crime is murder and the penalty is death. Notice that Genesis 9:6 was given to man even before the law of Moses was given.
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And, as I understand it, the Commandment — in the original text — is “Thou shalt not MURDER.”
Thou shall not murder is correct. There is a great difference between murder and killing. Would you agree? It is not murder to put to death a murder. It is not murder to fight the Nazi’s etc...
Unfortunately we don’t have the death penalty here in Australia, subsequently we have horrific offenders becoming a huge drain on society and if released often becoming repeat offenders.
So, does the literal interpretation of the Bible only apply the act of murder? What about in the case of one contracting another to commit the murder? assisting it the commission without being the one that actually kills? drunk driver kills an innocent? I’d argue that most if not all those cases warrant the death penalty as an option.
If I had to I’d kill to protect my family from harm, even non-lethal harm (e.g. from physical or sexual assault) would I then be subject to the death penalty?
...lots of questions in my mind about this topic, I wish it would be publicly debated here but unfortunately we’re a bit of a nanny state.
We here in America do have it. Not in every state though. But those individuals sit on death row for years and years. I agree that the vices and violent acts perpetrated on individuals that you stated do warrant the death penalty. That may be to strong for some. Crime in America is out of control and all these deviants get is a slap on the wrist. That is why we are reaping the consequences of these vices.
1. What if he had killed your wife? No!
2. What is he had killed your family? No!
3. What if he had killed 20 people? No!
4. What if he had set off a bomb in Boston killing 100 people? No!
5. What if he had set off a nuclear device killing 100,000 people in Boston? No!
6. What if he was a mass murder and murdered 1 million innocent people? No!
As you can see, they couldn't admit they were on the wrong side, so they just kept saying No!. After a while it reached a point of insanity! Their comeback was always,..."but what if he was innocent?"
,...”but what if he was innocent?” that is just a straw man to cause doubt. These lib’s love Death. Abortion, Mass murderers etc.. they are all mess up!
“If I had to Id kill to protect my family from harm, even non-lethal harm (e.g. from physical or sexual assault) would I then be subject to the death penalty?”
This is not murder, this is self-defense. If it wasn’t okay to defend yourself or loved ones, why did God send the Israelites out to do battle so much? They were defending themselves.
In the first place, there is no innocent man; and we are all under the penality of death, and we all shall die! So maybe the real question is: “How long shall a man who has done deed worthy of death be allowed to live?”
On the other hand bopping your neighbor over the head because you wanted him to stop singing was right out.
If that is the question, then I am afraid I can find only one man who has NOT done a deed worthy of death.
Yes, and that is our Saviour, our hope and our salvation.
“For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Christ cam enot to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. Christs own words.
Murder is the inexcusable and intentional killing of an innocent.
There ARE righteous KILLINGS. The killing of one who has committed murder or another heinous crime is one such.
For he (temporal authority) is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
If anyone teaches that the Bible does not support capital punishment, they are lying.