Can You Justify, “An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth”? Matthew 5:38
Can You Justify, “An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth”?
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The justification of this is not for us to decide. It should not be man who is taking action to exact this form of justice. The eye for an eye tooth for a tooth is justice in the eyes of god and he is the only one who should impose such justice on mankind. I do not agree with man taking this action on another man therefore do not agree with the death penalty.
Matthew 5:38 describes the "law" established in Moses time. It was both a command to punish but also places a limit on the punishment. The penalty must not exceed the crime. According to the Old Testament, the authority for punishment was vested in the government, not in the individual.
A lifelong bible scholar and teacher told me the same thing that Born Again 05 posted.
In biblical times brutal punishments were meted out for minor offenses. The "eye for an eye" passage was meant to urge that punishments should change to better match the "crime."
An eye for an eye is a good thing. You won't be punished more than your crime calls for nor less.
I've seen drug dealers get life in prison and murderers get 15 years in prison in America. I think that's out of balance
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