Only God, who knows everything, should know when a person will die. It isn’t natural for someone to anticipate when they will die and dread the day when it will come. God rules over us; we don’t rule over us. The death penalty is an unnecessary punishment. There are no benefits to killing a criminal who committed an awful crime.
Pacifists are those who believe that violence leads to more violence and rarely achieves the results intended. They also believe that war brings out the worst in mankind and ‘lays bare the dark side of human nature.’ Quakers are a branch of Christianity that are also pacifists. They do not fight at all with any weapons for any aim whatsoever. They say ... ... middle of paper ... ...are just or not, but are those used by the Catholic Church. A final reason that some Christians may give for disagreeing with the statement is that they believe in Liberation Theology.
However, the overwhelming consensus interprets the bible to take a stance that condemns suicide. Exodus 20:13 plainly states, “thou shalt not kill” (KJV). According to this verse alone, it is plausible to conclude that God wouldn’t approve of physicians’ killing their patients—even if the patients asked them to do so. Many understand this verse to include suicide as well. Many Christians view being alive as an honor and a privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
A man sentenced to death from that day forward has nothing to look forward to except a death from unnatural causes by a revengeful government. Capital punishment has been found unconstitutional in the past by both the judicial system, and the hearts of the American people. The death penalty also goes against religious Mills 2 scripture and the will of God. Scripture from the bible even states God's basic principle of life according to Ezekiel: "The Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, rather they turn from their ways and live... turn"(Holy Bible, Ezekiel). What good can come from the death of a convicted man?
The right to reject life imprisonment and choose death should be respected, but it changes nothing for those who oppose the death at the hands of the state. The death penalty is irrational - a fact that should carry considerable weight with rationalists. As Albert Camus pointed out, "Capital punishment has always been a religious punishment and is reconcilable with humanism." In other words, society has long since left behind the barbaric "customs" from the cruel "eye for an eye" anti-human caves of religion- another factor that should raise immediate misgivings for freethinkers. State killings are morally damaging.
6 verse 151: “Take not the life Allah made secret, otherwise in the course of justice.” In other words, we do not have a claim on death, but rather death has a claim on us. We are not the absolute masters of our life, only God is. He is the supreme master of life and we have no right to usurp His dominion. As defined, euthanasia is a means to eliminate suffering. It implies that all sufferings are meaningless.
Jesus is saying that forgiveness is for everyone even first degree murders. Furthermore that person needs the opportunity to hear His words, then given the chance to respond. “But to be forgiven is not also to obviate the civic consequences that flowed from the act of snatching away someone else life prematurely…these premeditated murders must be requited” (Kaiser 134). The Salvation Army’s position on capital punishment is “that the opinions of Salvationists are divided …However, to advocate in any way the continuance or restoration of capital punishment in any part of the world would be inconsistent with the Army’s purposes and contrary to the Army’s belief that all human life is sacred and that each human being,… can become a new person in Christ” (IHQ). In a nutshell the Army does not support nor condone capital punishment, because it does not allow for repentance and Salvation.
The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church – 2277). As stated in KWL Ethical Thinking: “It is important to distinguish between voluntary euthanasia – as when a person who is mentally competent requests that his or her life be ended – and involuntary euthanasia – as when others make the decision to intentionally end the life of a Diaco, 2 person who is unable to request it himself or herself” (KWL Ethical Thinking - Chapter 7, section 6). The Church is against both of these forms of euthanasia and has declared several reasons as to why it holds this opinion. Firstly, the Church fin... ... middle of paper ... ...o end their lives. If they are continually suffering every day and spend most of their time in a hospital, they should have the right to undergo euthanasia.
"(Matthew 5:44) and "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:39). This may support the view that violence is never acceptable and Jesus is teaching that the right response to aggression is love, and Christians should not behave violently even when they are attacked. Most Christians may also try to follow the example of Jesus. They may demonstrate this by behaving in the same way that Jesus behaved, may say that due to the way Jesus reacted at his arrest and the fact that he would not allow people to use violence to defend him, so therefore violence is wrong and peaceful methods of defence should always be
The death penalty or as it is formally called capital punishment should be totally abolished for many reasons. First and foremost no one should have the right to take anyone else’s life, “ neither individually nor as a society representative, has the right to take another man’s life, even apart from the seriousness of his guilt.” (Thinkquest,). Killing is a sin under God. “Thou shall not kill” is one of the ten commandments. Although not everyone in this country is Christian our constitution was founded on the principle that we are one country under God.