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Why a Christian should believe in the death penalty

The death penalty, or capital punishment, should be believed and supported by any Christian that loves God’s word.  Many Christians profess to know and love the Bible.  But few know what the Bible really says about life and every day issues.  At every execution, there are always people who claim to be Christians that are protesting the execution.  They are either very ignorant of God’s word, or are concerned about a man rather than what God’s word says, or are false Christians.  The following short study contains the truth of God’s word concerning capital punishment.

Genesis 9:6, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”  This is the main verse to support the death penalty.  Man is made in the image of God.  Therefore, when a person commits murder, he is disrespecting God and the person He created.  He is also disobeying the sixth commandment, Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.”

The death penalty is reiterated in Leviticus 24:21, “He that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.”

There is to be no mourning or thought for the life of the murderer, nor hesitation in the execution, whether it is right or not.  That in itself is disrespecting God and His word and His creation.  Numbers 35:31, “Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.”

When a person is murdered, the blood defiles the land.  The only way to make the land clean of the murdered person is to put the murderer to death.  The murderer’s blood will cleanse the land that was defiled by the blood of the victim.  Numbers 35:33, “the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.”

This is also reiterated in Ezekiel 13:19, “And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live.”  God and His word is polluted by not putting murderers to death, by keeping alive a murderer who should not be allowed to live.

The capital punishment should be swift.  When a murderer has been sitting on death row for years and years, it leads to more murders and crime.  Ecclesiastes 8:11, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

The Make-My-Day law is based on the Bible.  Exodus 22:2, “If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.” The person who killed the thief or the person breaking into the home should not be punished or put to death.  The thief’s blood is on his own head.

Notice the thief on the cross and what he said concerning his punishment of death.  Luke 23:39-41, “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.”  The thief was saying that being put to death was his due reward.  And he was only a thief.  Shouldn’t a murderer’s execution be a more just reward?

Paul told how he felt about capital punishment.  Acts 25:11, “For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die.”  Paul said if he did any crime worthy of capital punishment, he would agree like the thief.  He would submit to the due reward of his crime.

A Christian should believe in the Bible and try to follow it’s precepts and commandments.  A Christian should honor God over ANY person.  Any Christian who disagrees with the death penalty does none of those.

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