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The Ten Commandments clearly state, "thou shall not kill", and Christians believe that only God has the Divine Right to take away life. However, killing takes place all around the world, every second of the day, in a variety of forms, from abortion to cold blooded, calculated murder. To break this commandment is to commit a 'mortal sin'. The word mortal itself being derived from 'mortis' meaning death and such a serious sin results in the death of the life of Christ in which a person is baptised. Forgiveness therefore, in cases of deliberate murder is, understandably, an extremely difficult act. Particularly, if there is a direct personal involvement; a close friend, or relative of the victim. ...read more.

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This was based on the claim that she had repented and served a suitable punishment. Murderers must be punished according to the law of society. Therefore, the law generally, reflects Christian values and beliefs. Punishment ideally, should lead to reform and the criminal needs to have the opportunity to prove and demonstrate this change. Therefore, passing the death penalty is not the right of humans. Only God has the right to pass such a judgement. Putting miscarriages of justice and executing the wrong person to one side, what about the executioner? Is that person a murderer? Not in the eyes of the law. But that person is a killer all the same. God, Christians believe, will judge in the end. ...read more.

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Because of human nature, it would not be possible to eliminate completely the causes of crime. However, to work at reducing the circumstances that cause crime, would be wholly desirable. Using punishment as a legitimate deterrent would be one way. Incarceration of a murderer would also serve to protect society until they have been rehabilitated and have repented. Christians believe they need to find the strength to forgive just as Jesus did when He died on the cross. Jesus was murdered and He called on, His father to forgive them. It is, by remembering such examples and believing in them, that Christians perhaps, find the strength of faith to forgive murderers. However, that does not, imply that they should go free, or not be punished in someway. Nor should the crime be erased from memory. ...read more.

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