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Capital punishment is no longer practised in our society. Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to capital punishment

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"Capital punishment is no longer practised in our society. Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to capital punishment." Capital punishment is the legal infliction of the death penalty. It is when a criminal is put to death for their crime. It is a way of dealing and eliminating criminals who have committed such horrific crimes, which are intolerable for our society. However, today it has become far less popular as many people are opposed to it. Until 1965 people in Britain could be hanged for murder. In 1965 it was permanently abolished for a trial period of 5 years. At the end of the trial period it was permanently abolished for murder. It was retained for treason, piracy on the high seas and burning Her Majesty's shipyards, so there is still a gallows at the English Prison. However since 1997, Capital Punishment has now completely been abolished. There are many different Christian attitudes to Capital Punishment. Some Christians are in favour of Capital Punishment. They would say Capital Punishment is like a deterrence, it would discourage the offender (and other potential offenders) from committing similar crimes. It deters possible criminals from committing evil. Evil is wrong and this is a view that is very important to many Christians, the Ten Commandments are all against evil. In the Old Testament, in the book of Exodus, through the 10 commandments we can see that capital punishment is seen to deter. ...read more.

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Jesus says to the thief, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." This shows that there is even a possibility of people in death row that could change, they can still be forgiven and reform. In the "parable of the Lost Son," it shows two sons who have equal shares in their father's property. The oldest stays at home and looks after his share very well, whilst the younger son sets off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. He realises his mistakes, he is sorry and wants to be forgiven. "Father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men." After reciting this to himself he went back to his father. His father is very pleased, he runs to his son when he sees him, and throws the best party possible to celebrate the homecoming. This parable shows that God is like a father. God is forgiving and generous and he is quick to forgive. Therefore we should take upon God's example and forgive, capital punishment in this case is not the answer. The death penalty makes a complete mockery of this and does not give these people a chance. People should be given a chance to reform. In the passage, "Women in Adultery," a woman was sentenced to capital punishment because she had committed adultery. ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic Church however, will never find abortion acceptable, they believe that no pregnancy is unplanned. The Roman Catholic church find it is not acceptable to have an abortion because they see this as a form of murder, and feel only God can take away life. Humans also carry out euthanasia, which is taking life if a person is suffering and continuing a poor quality of life. In cases it is acceptable if the person is in a great deal of pain and mental anguish. It is not fair to prolong this. However some people would say this is not a human's choice to make, and only God should be able to take life. Capital punishment and murder is another form of humans taking lives, and suicide is as well; when people feel they cannot go on and take their own lives. However I would agree with this statement to a certain extent. I believe that God does give life, but we have the choice to take it away. I think that God gives us freedom to make our own choices, it's as if he sets us tasks and sits back to see how well we cope in these situations. Everybody is in God's will, but he does not stop our actions, this is our freedom. This is why murder, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and suicide go on today. We have our own right to our own lives, and if we want to take our lives that should be left up to us. ...read more.

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