Death Penalty; Is It Right?

Before we start on an age old debate, I would like to know your stand on this.

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Today

I am starting this hub on what is considered Maundy Thursday. This is the date of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was given the death penalty. Yes, we sentenced God to death.

An innocent man died, but the best part is:

HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD.


Here are some pictures of some of the different forms of death penalties:

Is It Right?

I believe that Christians and non Christians alike are somewhat split on opinions regarding the death penalty.

The reason I write this hub stems from a heated debate we had just days ago at the home of a strong Christian couple that we know and love. I had to leave with the understanding we would have to agree to disagree.

That couple made a strong argument with Biblical scripture in agreement with the death penalty. Lastheart and I with our Bibles, made points against the death penalty.

There was a day that I agreed with the death penalty. As time went on, I considered the fact that we all deserve to die. Every one of us deserve the death penalty, but God forgives us. Which one of us really has the right to kill another human? Where do we draw the line? Who gets life and who gets death? The answer is quite easy; the one who has the best lawyer will get off easier. Is life in prison really easier though?

Another thing to take a hard look at are the costs involved in the death penalty. It seems to me that it probably costs a lot more to condemn a person to death than to keep them incarcerated for life. There are special provisions for death row inmates and the procedures are quite costly.

Yes, there are some very evil people that seem only suited for the grave and hell, but really who has the right to kill them? How does that make us any better?

Let us take a look at a fact that this site points out:

In 2011 the average murder rate in States with the death penalty was 4.7. In States without the death penalty, it was 3.1.

It seems like the death penalty is not a deterrent. In may even work on the opposite extreme. Many of the people who go to death row have a sick idea of being dead, but famous. They commit grisly murders and hope they will be given the death sentence. They long for the intense media coverage.

Conclusion

It is time we as humans take another look at our humanistic side. Is the death penalty the way our loving God would want us handling this? There are better ways.

This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday. It is the day when the man, Jesus; God in the flesh arose from the grave after being crucified by us. We gave him the death penalty; didn't we learn then?

It is time to abolish the death penalty.

That is my opinion! That is my stand!

You can argue and debate until you are blue, but I doubt you will sway my feelings on this subject.

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2013 Greg Boudonck

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I can see no useful purpose to the death penalty and a whole lot wrong with it, starting with the execution of innocent people. Thanks for sharing your opinion.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

This is one of those issues that you will find those that favor, not favor and are unsure. When it comes to life, I think that there is just nobody on earth that has the right to take it away. Is death penalty a punishment or a revenge? Are we following the rule of an eye for an eye? Will a victim really get justice by erasing the criminal? Who do we think we are taking away the blessing of:

"None deserve forgiveness. However, Christ has borne the burden of sin for all of us once and for all and anyone can be forgiven when they accept Christ as their Savior and Lord and truly repent for their sin."

I do believe in laws. Liberty does not mean I can do whatever I feel like doing. I do believe in discipline and the chance of demonstrating changes.


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks billy and my love, Lastheart. With help from above, I believe people will someday see that we all deserve the death penalty.

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