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    Arguments have been raised that the death penalty is an act of barbarism, uncivilised and not goldly. What is more humane, to lock up a criminal for life without parole or to shorten this misery?And what does the Bible say about the death penalty?

    http://bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuse...RTD/cgg/ID/162

  • #2
    I would clarify that a little - What does the Bible say about that three thousand years ago in the culture at the time - and what was the effect of that on the people then, and what is the effect of capital punishment on the people today?

    It is not right to pick out what God said two or three thousand years ago in a completely different culture, time, economic, social and human developmental period and try to apply that based on that it is in the Bible - as a justification for action today - sorry but in today's culture we have to look at things from a reasonable and logical perspective.

    If you notice I did not say yes or no to the death penalty - I do have strong reasons against the death penalty - mainly that it is not a deterrent - and the more society kills people - the more people in society will see killing people as a means to gain vengeance or justice in their personal lives. This is the reality today - capital punishment only makes more people take to killing people.

    With Christ's Love

    Servent101
    I apologize for the idiots who call themselves by Christ's namesake. It is a shame and a travesty. Christ would be embarrassed. And what a shame it is because he was such a wonderful person. [Wickwoman]

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    • #3
      WOW..

      Nicely put servent...

      I am opposed to the Death Penalty.. It just "feels" wrong anyway..

      But I never considered the overall effect of "it is ok to kill" it might have on society !

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      • #4
        Servant101 and Aussie:

        If you notice I did not say yes or no to the death penalty - I do have strong reasons against the death penalty - mainly that it is not a deterrent - and the more society kills people - the more people in society will see killing people as a means to gain vengeance or justice in their personal lives. This is the reality today - capital punishment only makes more people take to killing people.
        I am sorry, but I believe you are very mistaken with this point.

        If the death penalty teaches people that it is ok to kill, then does imprisoning criminals teach people that it's ok to hold people against their will? Of course not.

        Having convicted murderers put to death does not teach people that murder is acceptible.
        Last edited by adajos; March 10th, 2004, 08:59 PM.
        Warm Regards,

        adajos

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        • #5
          Adajos,

          Well I have no stats on the matter but it does seem a fair assumption that a society that institutionalises Death as a means of punishment is sending a message to all that Death is a legitimate means of redress ?

          It is hard to quantify but the constant overt message that killing for punishment is OK would surely make some inroads on peoples psyche ?

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          • #6

            Romans 13


            Submission to the Authorities

            1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
            2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
            3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
            4 For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
            5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
            6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
            7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

            I fully advocate the Death Penalty.

            The Death Penalty as it currently stands is not a deterrent for many reasons. The timely appeals process keeps the criminal away from execution for many years. When he finally pays his price for justice, the execution is usually painless and quick.

            We as a country spend an extraordinary ammount of money to house, feed, and clothe violent criminals. Not to mention all the extra ammenties they are granted, conjugal visits, cable tv, etc.

            It's no suprise criminals don't fear the "Justice System".

            A man or woman convicted of Murder should be Immediately transported to an execution chamber where he or she is hung, beheaded, or shot to death in a violent and painful manner. I assure you, this would certainly be a deterrant.

            Deterrence really isnt the issue anyway. The true reason one should embrace the death penalty is that Justice is applied.

            While we are on the topic of crime I should also note that I advocate public corporal punishment.

            I believe certain minor crimes should be punishable by the caning or lashing. Imagine the Enron Executives getting the lash for their scandalous behaviour? The shame they would face publicly would be an example for society to recall.

            This treatment could be applied to con artists, vandals, and drug traffickers.

            I find it amazing that we call ourselves a more humane society as our government refuses to take the responsibility of Justice more seriously. The system today is laden with back door deals and money exchanges, its purpose is to line pockets and power positioning rather than dealing with criminal justice.

            Prisons are Criminal training camps where the inmates are hardened and released back into society to rape our daughters and kill our brothers.

            In recent news last November a young woman was accosted, raped and murdered by a released criminal. The law defended his "right" to remain silent as the police sought a resolution on the case.

            This is one example out of hundreds of thousands of cases alone in this country which are the result of the "Soft on Crime" philosophy you express. You should be ashamed of yourself.

            -Grutch
            "Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" - Psalms 144:1

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            • #7
              Seeing that death penalty is not always act of justice, but the act of uttermost injustice (when people die because they are labbeled as murderers even without enough evidence, or in some years later they are found to be innocent), IMO the rule should be - no death penalty.

              BUT this rule should apply exceptions to those who enjoy their murders and rapings (and there are some people who do it and admit it openly). Why i want those people better to be dead?

              1. They got mental sickness and i dont find much hope that they can be cured.

              2. The relatives of such mass-murderers should contribute the costs what it takes for such sick people to live in prison. So what is the better Justice: to kill them, or that their victims must support with their taxes their offenders?

              3. In case if such mass-murderer, or mass-raper manages to escape from the prison what is better: that he gets the chance to rape and kill the innocent people again, or the root of the evil will be annihilated by death penalty?
              3.

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              • #8
                Excellent post, Grutch. I'd like to see your posts more often.

                A couple of minor points:
                Originally posted by Grutch

                A man or woman convicted of Murder should be Immediately transported to an execution chamber where he or she is hung, beheaded, or shot to death in a violent and painful manner. I assure you, this would certainly be a deterrant.
                Do you advocate public execution? It's hard to tell from what you've written here. I suppose that word "chamber" made me think "private." But then later in your post you mention that you advocate public corporal punishment.

                Deterrence really isnt the issue anyway. The true reason one should embrace the death penalty is that Justice is applied.
                I think that's an overstatement. The Bible teaches both, really.
                • And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you. Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. Deuteronomy 19:18-21

                  Because the 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. Ecclesiastes 8:11
                BRXI: Should Christians support the Death Penalty?

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                • #9
                  I support the death penalty in cases where there is no doubt: Ted Bundy would be an excellent example. He escaped from jail twice, and each time returned to his killing spree. He was finally caught in Florida. His final victim was 12 year old Kimberly Leach, whose battered body he buried under a hog shed. There was no doubt he was guilty, but it took years to finally put him to death, during which time he was able to marry and father a daughter.

                  I would submit Ray Lee Stewart, who also escaped from prison. He was convicted for a spree killing in which he killed 6 people (at several Radio Shaks and a gas station) in the space of several hours. He was, without a doubt, the killer.

                  John Wayne Gacy...death penalty could not have been applied to a more deserving guy.

                  I could go on, but I'm sure you get the idea. There are plenty of cases where there is no doubt who committed the crimes, and these criminals are more than deserving of the death penalty. They are sociopaths, who, by the very definition of the word, know right from wrong AND SIMPLY DON'T CARE. The only thing they value is themselves...their own lives. By taking that from them, you have taken the only thing they think is important. Trapping them in a cell for decades allows them to continue to manipulate people and play head games. (Do some research about Gacy's time in prison while he awaited execution. He continued almost the same behavior as he did on the outside.)

                  I think it's abhorrent we live in a country where rapists, pedophiles, and murderers do less time in prison than people with minor drug convictions.

                  And I agree with Grutch and the insightful post above.

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                  • #10
                    I don't have a problem with executions being made public. My only worry are those who have a morbid attraction towards a spectacle like this. On the other hand, a public reminder of the rapist dancing his last jig at the end of a rope might scare many people straight.

                    Corporeal punishment should absolutely be a public act. The pain is one lesson to your crime, but public humiliation in my opinion is an even better teacher.

                    As for the injustice of the "Justice System" of course there are cases of those implicated and convicted who are innocent....

                    3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
                    I think that in many cases, folk who have a past with a run in with authority are accused of crimes they didn't commit. Keep a clean slate in your life and you may avoid this.

                    I have frequently visited Brazil for business and personal reasons and have seen the ultimate result of a nation "soft on crime". Brazillians have no respect for the law and it shows by the horribly high crime rate. Some may suggest that the high poverty rate in the country contributes to this, which I could agree with in part. But the country suffers from an epidemic of crime that permeates every neighborhood in the country.

                    You literally have to be on guard as you approach your car from the home you were just visiting. People live in constant fear of being robbed or mugged or killed for your shoes, which ammounts to terrorism in my view. In cases of self defense, the state incriminates the victom rather than the assailant commiting a crime.

                    Being soft on crime leads to situations like this.

                    -Grutch
                    "Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" - Psalms 144:1

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                    • #11
                      Aussie,

                      Well I have no stats on the matter but it does seem a fair assumption that a society that institutionalises Death as a means of punishment is sending a message to all that Death is a legitimate means of redress ?

                      It is hard to quantify but the constant overt message that killing for punishment is OK would surely make some inroads on peoples psyche ?
                      It's one thing for something to make sense in your mind versus making sense in reality. If you are correct, shouldn't we also expect that society's imprisonment of criminals teach people that it's ok to hold them against their will, so it's teaching that kidnapping the guilty is ok?
                      Warm Regards,

                      adajos

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                      • #12
                        Grutch,

                        Have you dealt much with the legal system ?

                        How often do you think it gets things right ? *

                        Even with the Death Penalty situation like it is innocent people STILL go to their death.

                        Your system will pile up the innocents in droves.

                        Something in me agrees in part with Cattyfan.. I can see very little reason to keep criminally insane and mass murderers alive except maybe to study them and find out how to prevent these sort of psychos from harming society.

                        * I recently saw a case where 9 Buddhist monks were murdered in New Mexico (I think). A mentally disturbed guy claimed he was one of the perpetrators and gave the police some info only they knew… he claimed he had 3 accomplices.

                        The police KNEW he was right because of the info he had. They grilled and grilled the accomplices of which 2 of them eventually confessed. The 3rd never did and was later released due to lack of evidence.

                        Under your system these guys would have been brutally executed.

                        Later other evidence turned up that showed they had not committed the crime and it was 2 unrelated individuals who had.

                        Adajos,

                        Fair point (about the kidnapping) but killing is a final solution.. where does kidnapping leave you as a means of individual punishment or retribution ?

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                        • #13
                          In our society people need to respect life - There are two ways to try - one is insane - if you kill someone you will be killed - this does not teach people respect for life - and States in America that try this only end up with more people killing more people - It is statistically proven that when the death penalty is introduced - the number of people killing people goes up -

                          So what is the second way to try to get people to respect life - Humanely treat a murderer - in jail - let them live out their life behind bars in a humane way - this teaches us that we respect the right of all people to life - and when someone in our society is hurt by another - so angry that they want to kill him or her - they have this example to stop them from killing someone - that we as a people have decieded to respect the life of everyone - no matter how henus of a crime they commited.

                          The death penalty is simply not a deterant. Most Americans do not want the death penalty.

                          With Christ's Love

                          Servent101
                          I apologize for the idiots who call themselves by Christ's namesake. It is a shame and a travesty. Christ would be embarrassed. And what a shame it is because he was such a wonderful person. [Wickwoman]

                          If I miss a post that you want me to respond too- please send me a P.M.

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                          • #14
                            Aussie Thinker,

                            The criminal Justice system tends to get more things right than you may think. The cases of abuse, mismanagement, and other failings of the system are highlighted and made front page news by the media.

                            The millions of criminal cases that are successfully prosecuted go unreported. Of course you can access the cases publicly and see for youself.

                            I don't see your point in explaining one case of bad detective work. I agree that the system has its flaws but the system today as it stands is doing nothing to better protect society. I don't buy the argument that "Hey 1% off people locked up are innocent! This is why I disagree with the death penalty!".

                            We as a society shouldn't be obligated to pay tax dollars for the welfare of jailed criminals. If one is deemed unfit for society by his actions (murder, rape, child abuse) he ought to be executed. Lesser Crimes should be dealt with by means of corperal punishment or restitution to the affected party.

                            -Grutch
                            "Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" - Psalms 144:1

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by servent101

                              In our society people need to respect life - There are two ways to try - one is insane - if you kill someone you will be killed - this does not teach people respect for life - and States in America that try this only end up with more people killing more people - It is statistically proven that when the death penalty is introduced - the number of people killing people goes up -
                              Do you have statistics that prove this? Please produce them since you have made the claim.

                              So what is the second way to try to get people to respect life - Humanely treat a murderer - in jail - let them live out their life behind bars in a humane way - this teaches us that we respect the right of all people to life - and when someone in our society is hurt by another - so angry that they want to kill him or her - they have this example to stop them from killing someone - that we as a people have decieded to respect the life of everyone - no matter how henus of a crime they commited. ..
                              We don't let jailed criminals life the rest of their life in a Humane way. We release them back into society where they rape young women and stab them repeatedly with a kitchen knife.

                              Your psycho babble ideas are what opens the floodgates of injustice on to the common people. You apparantly don't agree with God because it was he who called for the criminal's Just punishment. ... be back later to give you scriptural verses backing up my statement.

                              -Grutch
                              "Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" - Psalms 144:1

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