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Is supporting the death penalty against the Christian religion?

This is a topic that came up while I was in a class of mine the other day, and it has got me thinking. Does supporting the death penalty go against Christianity? What is your opinion?

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"An eye for an eye". "Let him without sin". "thou shalt not". bible is full of contradictions.

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Old testament. We now live under grace.
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Not if you actually understand it.
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Then explain it to me.
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I was a church goer for the first 18 years of my life. I still own a bible and read it constantly. It's all interpretation of what you read.
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No the Bible states "an eye for an eye"

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I think it does. One of the Ten commandments is "Thou shall not kill" and even though by being in favor of the death penalty you're not actually the one killing someone, you're still supporting it. I usually tend to ask myself on questions like these, "What would Jesus do?" and I feel like Jesus wouldn't sentence someone to death. After all, the death penalty is kind of like playing God anyways, I mean, isn't it his job to have the final judgement and decide when a human shall die, not ours?

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Yes. Everyone deserves a second chance, and no matter what they did they should be able to live their life in prison and have an opportunity to repent without putting the public at risk. It's God's job to deliver justice not ours. Also, Jesus stopped a woman from being stoned (the death penalty of the time) which means it must be wrong.

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Hmm...considering what happened to Jesus, I would think so.

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Yes. All versions of the holy bible state that vengeance belongs to 'god'.

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The New Testament does not have any specific teachings about capital punishment. However, the Old Testament ideas of punishment became secondary to Jesus' message of love and redemption. Both reward and punishment are seen as properly taking place in eternity, rather than in this life.

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It's arguable

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The Christian religion? No. The teachings of Jesus? Yes. But seldom has the religion followed the words of those it was meant to worship. Humans have long found a way to conform the words to their own wishes.

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Nope. I Genesis 9:6 god commands the death penalty by saying whoever sheds mans blood by man shall his blood be shed. Gods law. Death penalty. It's more than alright for Christians to believe in it because God created it. Don't listen to all those silly people saying he doesn't like it ;)

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Thou shalt not kill. Exceptions were not given.
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No. But the rule of the death penalty was. Sorry but it's true. Read the bible for yourself and you'll see.
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It does seem like a contradiction to me.

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No. Christian faith is based on the "saving" of the soul for eternity after death. They are fine with execution, and if they let the condemned confess and accept their "savior" before execution, they believe the condemned would still "be with" Jesus in heaven. From this point of view, Christianity is fine with capital punishment. Jesus himself would have been against it in all likelihood, but Christianity does not follow the teachings of Jesus. it follows the teachings of Paul.

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Very true!
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So Paul's teachings are put above Jesus. Christians are ok with that?, I guess they follow whatever suits there personal agenda.
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That's one of the big mysteries in history, how Paul was able to hijack Jesus for his own ideas.
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All he had to do was, tell everyone that Jesus came to him in a vision, and gave him "New Rules."
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If I were a Christian, I would look at the 10 commandments the way people look at the 2nd amendment. No ifs, and, or buts, no exceptions. Christianity contains excuses and loop holes, for not following the Ten Commandments . The agenda seems to be to bend the laws to fit personal and political ideas. They have diluted the commandments to the point of being irrelevant."thou shalt not kill," unless of course, you think it's necessary.

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Before I was Christian I was pro , then became Christian and was against. Then I gained understanding and became PRO DEATH penalty again.
The 10 commandments are for us to follow but when one chooses NOT to follow they must be dealt with. Some people need to be removed off this earth. No question about it. Then let God deal with them.
Jesus DID say "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" Jesus also knew He was being tested and mocked by the Pharisees.
The part everyone conveniently forgets is..
One by one, from the oldest to the youngest they dropped their stones. In other words...From the the one who had most sin to the one who had the least, they dropped their stones in that order and walked away. THEN Jesus said to the woman "where are your accusers?" and she said there are none and Jesus said "And I accuse you not, (here's the important part" GO AND SIN NO MORE!"
Go and sin no more....
Psychopaths live to kill. They must be removed from the earth.
If someone decided to kill a few people or did something and killed others while doing it, they must be removed. They will know their time is short and can repent before their death, non the less, they must be removed.
The same for the perverts who destroy women or the innocence if a child. They may even be saved by the death penalty. They have a chance to repent with no more temptation! Could be the best thing to happen to them!
Eye for eye refers to the cutting off of hand if stealing etc. Courts deal with that. They are punished accordingly and so go the other crimes.

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I don't see how it would be against the death penalty at all... Read psalms... Beat babies against the rocks and you may be blessed...

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No

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Some Christian religions do, you see, Christianity cannot be defined as a single religion, there are over 40,000 different Christian religions, all based upon the personal interpretations of singular people, who disagreed with someone else's interpretation. So I will give you the answer that is historically the most consistent, as the Catholic Church is the first Christian religion, and all others broke from it either directly or by proxy (this is a historical fact supported by several records), I will use the teaching of the Catholic Church. That teaching being that the Death penalty is only acceptable for use under a single condition, that condition being that the death penalty must be the ONLY way to remove the person from public society. Otherwise, it is not ok.

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