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Murder is a crime whether you look at the Bible - Thou shalt not kill The Sixth Commandment - or at a book of English law - Murder: an indictable crime punishable in a court of law. Since the early 1800,s, most executions have resulted from convictions for murder. The death penalty has also been imposed for other serious crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping rape and treason. The State of Florida, America supports capital punishment and carries it out by electric chair execution. There are advantages to Capital Punishment and the threat of the death penalty. It is a deterrent and a clear warning that says, if you commit this crime and take a person's life your life will also be taken from you. ...read more.


If protecting another means removing a murderer from society permanently then it cannot be wrong to do so. But then there is the question of the murderer's right to protection and if every man is your neighbour then the murderer is as-well and therefore you cannot hurt him because you would not want to be hurt. This could form a complex argument but basically where Christian beliefs are concerned these advantages are meaningless but where human rights are concerned they must be taken into account. The disadvantages of Capital Punishment are shown most prominently in Jesus and what he stood for, i.e. forgiveness and sanctity of life, also in the Sermon on the Mount and many other parts of the New Testament. ...read more.


War should and is frequently only a last resort 'Just War'. The death penalty for murder would not be a last resort as there are alternatives and as again who is to decide which murder and in what circumstances it would warrant another death. In any case and in any trial mistakes could be made. There will always be the risk that an innocent person will be put to death because of another's mistake. (the case of Derrick Bentley). According to Christian beliefs no one should be killed especially because God, the creator, is the only one who can give and take life, this is called the 'sanctity of life'. There are other ways of dealing with criminals, even murderers and many people believe that these ways should be explored instead of using the death penalty. Again many examples could be used: Sermon on the Mount - Love your enemies. ...read more.

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