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Should Christians allow capital punishment?

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Should Christians allow capital punishment? The question of whether Christians should allow capital punishment is controversial and is often argued between many Christians. This question can be answered by using the bible to help them understand their morale and ways of life. The Christians believe that Christians should allow capital punishment and they argue this by using the bible in Exodus 21 24 "eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot" this suggests that the bible is saying that if a person commits a crime such as murder then the criminal should be treated with the same crime. This shows that the bible says that if a person is guilty of murder then the criminal himself should be murdered which shows that the bible is supporting capital punishment. The Christians would argue that God himself commands the use of capital punishment. We can see a good example of the first acts of capital punishment, when God was involved directly or indirectly, in taking of life as a punishment for the nation of Israel. Therefore many Christians think that they should allow capital punishment because if God himself is commanding the use of capital punishment many feel that they should allow capital punishment and follow the example of God. Many people also interpret this as if the crime has been committed that the person who has committed it must be punished. This suggests that God permits capitals punishment but it must be used in the correct way and only when the accused criminal is found 100% guilty. ...read more.

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Hence this is coming back to the theory that capital punishment should be based on the belief in sanctity of life. This means that god is possibly suggesting that capital punishment should be allowed according to the holiness and belief in that certain country or region. The Christians would argue that Christians should allow capital punishment because in the New Testament we see the principle of capital punishment being reinforced and supported by the New Testament. In Romans 13 1-7 the bible says "we are to obey the Government for we are taught that the government does not bear the sword in vain." This suggests that the government has the power of capital punishment and they will not use that power in vain. The fact that Apostle Paul uses the image of a sword shows and symbolises the emblem of the Roman Sword to again reinforce the idea of capital punishment. The Christians would argue that Christians should allow capital punishment, because they think that the punishment will deter other criminals from committing the same sort of crime. The U.S.A claims that capital punishment will create fear amongst criminals who are thinking about committing the same crime will be deterred by the cruel penalty and therefore would not commit the crime. However many Christians would argue this point and say that capital punishment does not necessarily deter the criminal from committing the crime because for an example in the USA the crime rate has been steadily increasing and their societies are slowly becoming gradually more violent. ...read more.

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The question, "Should Christians allow capital punishment" is a difficult question and there is never just one correct answer. Many Christian's would try and answer the question using the bible. The problem to this is that 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. In my opinion Capital punishment should not be allowed, because I believe that every person even a criminal should be given a second chance to change and improve themselves. Therefore I support the principle that the punishment should fit the offender as much as making the punishment fit the crime. I also think that capital should not be allowed because it has been proven that at least a minimum of 11 people were not guilty but still executed and therefore then the government has committed a crime, but there is no punishment for them, also normally for an example say if a criminal gets sentenced 5 years and is innocent then there is a possibility to change the verdict, but if a criminal gets sentenced to death there is no way to change the verdict. Also I believe that Capital punishment should not be allowed because I strongly feel that no one has a right to take away a persons life under any circumstances accept for God. ...read more.

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