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Capital Punishment/The Death Penalty: What About the Executioner?

Updated on February 4, 2015

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth a life for a life," it all seems pretty fair doesn't it? In some countries of you are caught stealing, they would cut off your hand, If you are found guilty of murder, you may be sentenced to death, but there is one major flaw in this philosophy: What happens to the enforcers of these punishments? Wouldn't they, too, be guilty of harming or killing another human being? Where does it end?

Harming another human being is wrong. Murder is the sin of all sins. Why would we perpetuate the cycle by condemning these people to death? Wouldn't it be more worthwhile to imprison them for life, forcing them to live with the guilt of what they have done?

Most people believe that murder is an unacceptable sin, and that God will condemn all murderers to the fiery torments of hell. So what will happen to the executioner when he or she dies? Will the executioner be doomed to hell, too for taking the life of another human being? In the Bible, Romans 12:19, New International Version, it says, Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. Instead of taking the life of another, shouldn't we leave it up to God to take His revenge in His own perfect way? What do YOU think about capital punishment? Share your thoughts below!


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    • dan-1 profile image

      dan-1 6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Our justice system is severely flawed and I am surprised more inocent people don't get executed. I don't support the death penalty but I do believe in self deffence.

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      TMApsey 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Excellent point! I couldn't agree more.

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      Learn Things Web 6 years ago from California

      I'm not religious, so I don't think about this from a religious angle. I mainly disapprove of the death penalty because of the possibility of innocent people being killed. In that case, it isn't just the executioners who have blood on their hands. It's everyone who supports the death penalty.

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      Ancillotti 6 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

      Hello! I thank God that does not exist in Brazil, the death penalty. Murdering someone is a terrible failure, but there is no reason to condemn someone to death. We are mere mortals and not have that right.

      Cool you raise this issue. Voting in favor of its Hub for sure!