A Christian View and Biblical PerspectiveOctober 18, Kerby Anderson provides a biblical worldview perspective on capital punishment. He explores the biblical teaching to help us understand how to consider this controversial topic apply Christian love and biblical principles. Should Christians support the death penalty?
It is now being asserted, as it was often in the past, that capital punishment would deter criminals and would protect law abiding citizens. The studies of the social causes of crime continue to give no substantiaticn to the conclusion that capital punishment has a deterrent value. The use of the death penalty gives official sanction to a climate of violence.
The United Methodist Church declares its opposition to the retention and use of capital punishment and urges its abolition. When Jesus was asked to rule on an offense which at that time meant the death penalty, his answer was clearly to abolish the punishment.
Jesus declared it wrong indirectly by demanding that first the judges and executioners must be sinless John 8. Used by Permission 44 Matthew 6and our responsibility to see Christ in the needy neighbor Matthew This respect for life is not a literal interpretation of the sixth commandment, but a deep spiritual principle.
Life the soul or the personality is sacred because ". God made man in his own image" Genesis 9: If we love God whom "No man has seen Christian faith is "this-worldly," in a sense more materialistic than any other religion; it knows of no way to love a person without caring for bodily life.
To sanctify means to set apart as belonging to God alone, and that is just what the Bible says about human life: Why is life sacred?
Our destiny beyond death is dependent on the deeds and choices". In the Old Testament, life was sacred - except for that of the murderer and the enemy. The lifeblood of each person belongs to God alone.
Life is sacred because in the fallen world, Christ is our chance for repentance. To take a life is to deprive that person of a future and thereby of all possi-bility of being reconciled with God and humankind.
Only in this life can we repent; only in life can our brothers and sisters benefit by our love. This is all very well for Christians, but can we ask the unbelieving to share this respect for life? Did not God ordain the state to restrain evil and to punish evildoers?
We must turn our attention to some serious arguments at this point.Capital punishment, or the death penalty, refers to the execution by the state of those guilty of certain crimes. Theologically, most mainline Protestant churches, such as Presbyterian Church in the USA, many Episcopal, and Lutheran churches, oppose the death penalty.
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Page Flip View: View PDF & Text. Common Christian Objections to Capital Punishment Despite the clear Biblical mandate and authorization in both the Old and New Testaments, some Christians oppose the implementation of the death penalty in modern societies.
View Current Issue. They didn't oppose the state's use of capital punishment. They didn't even address that question, since Christianity was still a countercultural minority with an ethic for.
Aug 03, · For much of history, the Christian Churches accepted that capital punishment was necessary. In recent times many Christians have argued against the .
Aug 03, · Capital punishment is incompatible with a teaching that emphasises forgiveness and compassion. Capital punishment is biased against the poor. Some Christians argue that in many countries the imposition of the death penalty is biased against the poor.
Since Christian teaching is to support the poor, Christians should not .