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What Attitudes Might Christians Hold About Capital Punishment?

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What attitudes might Christians hold about Capital Punishment? A Christian believes that their life is totally dedicated to God, and there is only one God. We should love everybody including people who we have extreme dislike for. A Christian also believes that he/she should worship God at church or at home. A Christian believes that we should forgive other people as God forgives us. A Christian also believes that we should live our life as a disciple, loving one another, reading the Bible and following it. Capital Punishment is when you execute a person for a crime they have committed. The methods for Capital Punishment are lethal injection, electric chair, hanging, stoning, and firing squad. The reasons for someone to receive Capital Punishment is most obviously murder, if someone has murdered, they maybe receive Capital Punishment in some countries. There are many other reasons for someone to receive Capital Punishment like terrorism, rape or drug-traffiking. The countries in which Capital Punishment is legal are Iraq, Russia, Islamic Countries, Pakistan and some states in the United States of America. A Christian believes in God. They believe that Jesus Christ forgave people that have sinned so that's what they should do. Christians worship God by going to the church, praying at home/church, and reading the Bible; in all these you are communicating with God. ...read more.


Christians are against Capital Punishment because it does not offer the criminal a chance to reform. The two lines that are the heart of the heart of the Our Father prayer are: " Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. " Christians believe that if we forgive someone, then God will forgive us for our sins. If we don't forgive then God wont forgive us. In the story of the unforgiving servant, a king forgave a servant, who owed him millions of pounds, the servant was very happy, on his way out he met a fellow servant who owed him a bit of money and forced him to pay it back. When the king heard about this he was furious, he told the servant, " I forgave you the whole amount you owed me just because you asked me to. You should have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you. " The king threw him into jail until he paid back what he owed. Jesus teaches us that this is how God will treat us, unless we forgive from our hearts. While Jesus was being crucified he said, " Forgive them Father! They don't know what they are doing. " Jesus promises one of the criminals that he will be in paradise with him that same day. ...read more.


On the other hand, a Christian would struggle to forgive because of the grief, loss and bereavement. You will be too angry, you will want revenge on that person and you will have a lot of hatred for him or her, especially if the criminal showed no regret or remorse. Conclusion - In my opinion, I believe that even though people have different attitudes towards Capital Punishment, I feel that the death penalty is WRONG morally because it is the cruel and inhumane taking of a human life. The methods by which executions are carried out can involve physical torture. Electrocution has on occasion caused extensive burns and needed more than one application of electric current to kill the condemned. I think no one, not even the State, has the authority to play God. There is even a possibility of an innocent death. The death penalty is unalterable. In case of mistake; the executed prisoner cannot be given another chance. Justice can miscarry. Undoubtedly many other cases of mistaken conviction and execution occurred and remained undocumented. A prisoner discovered to be blameless can be freed; but neither release nor compensation is possible for a corpse. I believe that the criminal should be given a chance to reform. I used the "Good News Bible" for all of my quotes. I also used the "Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church" page 488 ?? ?? ?? ?? David Isaac Capital Punishment Coursework 14/10/01 Year 11 ...read more.

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