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Do you believe in the death penalty? Why or Why Not.

  1. crazyhorsesghost profile image76
    crazyhorsesghostposted 6 years ago

    Do you believe in the death penalty? Why or Why Not.

    I have a real problem with Christians that support the death penalty. How can they believe in the love and forgiveness of Christ and then want to execute someone.

    I don't think the death penalty is applied fairly in the US either. Its the poor that are on death row and a huge number of them are African American.

    Do you think anyone who is innocent has been executed in the United States. I'll answer and tell you that yes they have. Did you see how serious questions about how the death penalty was applied stopped the state of Illinois from carrying out any more executions for now.


  2. aethelthryth profile image93
    aethelthrythposted 6 years ago

    I think you have several questions here.  One of them is whether the US justice system is working well, and I would say it's a big system and more goes on than I know about, but it doesn't feel like it's working very well. 

    Another question you have is whether forgiveness and the death penalty go together, and there are many questions wrapped up in that.  Forgiveness doesn't mean saying it's okay that wrong was done, and it doesn't mean no consequences. And not all the consequences are in this life.  Also who is forgiving whom?  You can't forgive wrong done that was not done against you (though when a person is murdered, everyone is wronged to some extent by being deprived of that person).  Forgiveness is about not holding a wrong against someone, not seeking revenge, not trying to get back at them.  You can forgive someone who abused you, and be kind and friendly to them (not holding it against them), but yet refuse to be alone with them (consequences).  Consequences and revenge are often intertwined, which is why there is so much confusion about forgiveness, but they are not the same thing.

    God said right after the Flood that man is special because of being made in God's image, and that therefore any man or animal that kills a man is to die (consequence).  You could still forgive, and many have forgiven (not held it against) their murderers even as they were dying.  But there are still consequences, ordained by God, that put such a value on human life that the man who takes it loses his own right to it. 

    I recommend the recent movie "Amish Grace" as a very good exploration of how forgiveness, love, and justice work together.

  3. JohnM profile image60
    JohnMposted 6 years ago

    It has never worked the way it was intended and when politics get in the way you have some real injustices done that never should have been. If there is even the slightest chance that a innocent person could be executed then it should be done away with. Texas is one of the states that have probably executed innocent persons in modern times.

    We don't have the right to take people life's who might be innocent and if there is no way to be 100 percent sure of their guilt then the death penalty should end today. It was started to stop people from committing murders but statistics say that the death penalty doesn't stop murders.

  4. libby101a profile image60
    libby101aposted 5 years ago

    I think the death penalty is good in many ways. First, if a person kills, especially a serial killer then they should die. We shouldn't pay to feed and clothe them in prison.

    I have no problem with Christians believing in the death penalty. The Bible is full of people being put to death for various reasons, especially if they killed someone. So how would that be hypcritical?

    The American Justice system has flaws. It's not perfect, but nothing ever is going to be. No matter what you do nothing is 100 percent fail safe. There will be incidents where innocent get hurt. It's life... however with overcrowded prisons would you want one of these killers walking around because there was no more room for them in prison? not me! I don't want my teenage kids out if these idiots are freed and that's where execution helps... it frees up space for the next nutcase.