I can't speak for all Christians, but I personally am against it, because I think the justice system is faulty, and believe a lot of innocent people could be put to death, and DNA evidence has proved people innocent who were locked up for years, and i believe forensic science is a field that is still growing, and still will improve with time, so I think life without the possibility of parole is better, just my personal opinion
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The Bible does teach capitol punishment, but under very limited circumstances. Ther first Command, as far as we know, that was given by God concerning capitol punishment for the capitol crime of murder, was given immediately after the flood, some 1600 years from the time of Adam and Eve. In this covenant with Noah, the Lord said Whoso sheds man's blood by man shall his blood be shed; for in the Image of God mad He man. This was before He gave the Law to Moses. It was at the mouth of two or three winesses shall he who is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death Deuteronomy 17:6) The sixth commandment is thou shall not Kill, which the word kill should have been translated murder. There are times in scripture where men where put to death however for all the obvious reaons, such a sentence would rarely be handed down
Since 1968 to 2005 our increase in the death penalty has increased massively... in 1968 the rate was 517 now it is 3,383... now tell me thats not insane! In my opinion I think the death penalty has been taken over board... we need to find other ways of punishment... because if you think about this for a minute what IF the person on death row was innocent? Then we are killing them for no reason..
I have struggled with this question for many, many years. My internal arguments go something like this: Killing an innocent person is so horrid that I can't stand the thought. On the other hand, terrible, terrible people are released or escape and then they kill more innocent people, which they couldn't do if they were executed. Keeping a person in prison is extremely expensive, rehabilitation of violent offenders is a dream for most and not a reality. Revenge is not Christian. Foolishness, such as releasing a person who does not know right from wrong, or is a sociopath, is blindness and cannot be tolerated.
Everyone seems to be referencing the bible here, but anyways... I think that it is really tempting sometimes to cleanse the earth of people who cause pain to others. Im not talking minor things of corse, I mean rapists and murderers. While the world would be undoubtably a better place without those people, I do not believe that it is morally just to respond to violence with violence. For example, the death penalty is pretty much a warning for people to not to murder others. But while trying to prove how taking a life is a sin, they are in turn, talking one. So to sum up, no I do not believe in the death penalty... but if Im being honest, I wish murders, rapists, ect.. would just do us a favour and drop dead of 'natural causes'. (Ps I am Catholic) Sorry if my answer is jumbled of confusing, I blame lack of sleep.
Aside from all the religious concerns regarding this issue, the fact remains that the litigation involved costs more than it would for a lifetime incarceration. So I don't know why anyone would think it's a good idea.
I fail to see what true justice is carried out by the death penalty. I fail to see the morality of "man" putting "man" to death. I fail to see the logic of those that scream "pro life" then support the death penalty. We are to judge crime, we are not such a civilized people we are capable of judging when a life should end...
First, I think it is odd that generally those who are against the death penalty are for a woman's right to choose the death of the human growing inside of her. Second, if a person is caught in the act of the murder and/or the evidence is undeniable, the death penalty is correct punishment. To make people pay via taxes to keep them alive, fed, housed, with free health care is a punishment to society and not the perpetrator. Third, I sure would not want to be the one to carry out the execution even if it was a loved one who they killed. So this is something I would leave up to the well informed voters of each state to decide. I personally would have to pray long and hard. I probably would stay confused for a long time as to what should be done. Maybe keep them alive but with a lot less comforts given most in prison. They should be kept miserably unhappy.
There are many people in this world that have no business on this planet. Even though I can't stand the thought of having to pay for them in prison I don't believe we have the right to sentence them to die.
I'm against it. However I believe that person should be put in prison for the rest of their life with no chance of parole. This will give them the rest of their live to perhaps repent and get right with God and serve God by sharing His Word to the inmates in prison. The Apostle Paul was a converted murderer and spent most of his entire life in prison.