By Gardner C. Hanks
Drawing on outdated and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks indicates that the demise penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via learn facts that the loss of life penalty is an useless crime-fighting instrument.
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Extra resources for Against the death penalty: Christian and secular arguments against capital punishment
Judges were required to fast a full day before rendering a verdict. Even up to the point of the actual execution, defendants were given the chance to provide mitigating evidence. On the way to the execution, a herald announced the name of the condemned and the witnesses against him, and asked for others to come forward to show that the execution was unwarranted. The condemned was allowed to stop four times to offer further arguments against the execution himself. Under these conditions, executions rarely occurred.
God creates humans in his own image. Then comes human sin, God's forgiveness and reinstatement, human sin again, followed by God's forgiveness and reinstatement, and so on. This pattern, which mitigates against the final solution of the death penalty, begins with the fall of Adam and Eve and is seen clearly in the Genesis 4 story of the first murder. Page 26 The First Murder Cain and Abel were two brothers, the sons of Adam and Eve. Cain became jealous of his brother when God looked more favorably on Abel's sacrifice than on Cain's.
The merciful reasonableness of Jesus' approach to the Page 41 problem diluted the blood lust of the crowd. They were forced to think about what they were doing. Ashamed of themselves, they slipped away. Jesus then told the woman that he, too, did not condemn her. "Go, ... " The approach that Jesus took to capital crime was in accordance with his approach to sin, forgiveness, and redemption in general. For Jesus, sin was sin; there was no sin worse than any other. All sin represented the human desire to control others, to make others into objects that exist only for our own benefit.