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"Explain how the beliefs you have outlined mitght be used by a Christian concerned about the issue of capital punishment

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"Explain how the beliefs you have outlined might be used by a Christian concerned about the issue of capital punishment. Consider whether all Christians would respond in this way." Capital Punishment is also known as a death penalty. It is where a criminal is put to death because of the crime they have committed. The death penalty deters murder by putting the fear of death into killers. A person is less likely to do something, if he or she thinks that harm will come to him/her. Another way the death penalty deters murder, is the fact that if the killer is dead, he/she will not be able to kill again. When the death penalty is enforced, it shows society that committing a capital crime has deadly consequences. The reasons for someone to receive Capital Punishment is most obviously murder, if someone has murdered, they maybe receive Capital Punishment in some countries. The countries in which Capital Punishment is legal are Iraq, Russia, Islamic Countries, Pakistan and some states in the United States of America. ...read more.

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Punishment can also be a form of retribution or revenge on the criminal for their actions. It makes them suffer for their crime. It can also be a form of protection to society from the criminal. The criminal could be dangerous and it could be for the public's safety and the criminal's well being if he is punished. Punishment can also be a form of reformation, so they can change the criminal's ways and make him/her less likely to commit another crime. Some people also feel that capital punishment is cheaper than keeping the criminals in prison for life. On the other hand, there are some Christians who oppose capital punishment. Some believe that punishment should be about reforming the criminal because Jesus' mission was to save sinners. In the story of the women caught in adultery. They wanted to stone her for committing adultery. Jesus said to them, "Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her." ...read more.

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The Salvation Army accept of capital punishment from background morals. Salvationists seek to understand how the God they worship identified himself with sinners through the life of Jesus, was unjustly executed as a criminal in degrading circumstances. The United Reformed Church opposes to capital punishment, and says that all life is sacred and no one has the right to take it away. This view is based on the principle that human life is sacred, and that we do not have the right even in the worst of cases, to take criminals lives away as punishment. Another reason for not supporting the death penalty is the possibility of human error in reaching a verdict.' In conclusion the debate of Christians being concerned with capital punishment has two arguments. In the Bible it does not actually state whether capital punishment should be allowed or not, because in different parts of the Bible there are different chapters and verses which support both side of the argument. Therefore I think that Christians will answer this question depending on their upbringings and their religious beliefs. 1,061 words ...read more.

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