Capital Punishment

posted Jun 3, 2012, 7:17 PM by Hector Falcon   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 10:50 AM ]
When it comes to the death penalty, many people remain confused whether it is still applicable in a supposed sophisticated culture such as ours. What many Christians do not realize is that the death penalty was established by God immediately after Noah got off the Ark. Due to global violence God had to destroy the human race in order to start all over with Noah and his family. In order to prevent the unhindered growth of murder once again, God implemented the death penalty with the rebirth of another civilization. The death penalty that God implemented occurred even before the Law of God was given to Moses. 

"Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man." Genesis 9: 5, 6. 

One of the most common objections to the death penalty is the supposed belief that God is against it because he prohibits killing in the Ten Commandments. However, God is not saying killing should not occur but that murder should not be allowed. If it was true that God forbade all killing then it would contradict the death penalty provision that he gave to Noah following the flood. The reality is that capital punishment is God's idea. He instituted it to deal with murderers so that global violence would not occur again as it did prior to the flood. 

So, the bottom line is that capital punishment is a valid biblical principle today. We are actually seeing a rise in violence because the state has moved away from implementing the capital punishment. The result has been that this action encourages the growth of criminal activity. When we break God's laws, they wind up breaking us. 

Prager on Capital Punishment