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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 1. Capital Punishment is no longer practised in our society. Explain what differing Christian attitudes might be to Capital Punishment. This assignment is to discuss the different views of Christians on Capital Punishment. I will explore both sets of view, whether they are for or against it. I will say which bible verses may have swayed their opinions of capital punishment, and what they think God has to say about the whole issue. I have opinions from Christians today, who I have asked their opinions on the matter. I will also include church's opinions. Since the early years, when the death penalty was first introduced, people have thought it was an act of evil. Many people have thought it to be an easy way out to get justice. Rather than making the criminal suffer what they have done, they are getting their life taken from them. People thought that if a criminal was going to punished they should be punished in a way that they suffered for a long time, just like Jesus did, when he was crucified. When he was killed, he hung on the cross with nails through his hands, and died very slowly. ...read more.

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All the verses above are from the Old Testament. The two verses below are from the New Testament. Capital Punishment was given to Noah for the whole of the human race. God didn't abolish the punishment for humans any more than his promise never to flood the whole earth again. In Genesis 9v6, God gave the human government to have the right to carry out capital punishment. This is reaffirmed in Romans 13v4 - "For he is God's servant to do good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is god's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer." Also in John 19v11 and in Acts 25v10-11 they both recognise this. In 1 Peter 2v13-14, this is recognised again; by saying you should submit yourself for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men. This means that you should basically obey the government in order to follow out God's orders. If you disobey the government, you are disobeying God. The other side of the story is that Capital Punishment is also hated by some Christians as they think that killing a person is killing one of God's creatures and that isn't right. ...read more.

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The Baptist Church say that they also do not agree with capital punishment because sometimes innocent lives are lost and they can not be resurrected. The Anglican Church deplores the idea of capital punishment. They feel that nobody has the right to kill another person for sinning, as not everyone is perfect. The United Reformed Church say that all life is sacred and nobody has the right to take it. After taking all this information into account, I have come to the co nclusion that all Christian's do not have to believe the same thing in order to follow the same God. I have my own conclusions and opinions about capital punishment. I believe that capital punishment is not only a cruel way to settle justice, but expensive to. I believe that some Christians take into account what God says on some occasions and chose to believe what they know I correct, where as other Christians read other bible passages and feel that what they think is correct. In a sense both of the views are correct and no one can stand and say that isn't correct. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and if they can back up what they say by evidence such as the bible, then no one should be able to tell they otherwise. ...read more.

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