Differing Christian Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment This assignment is to discuss the different views of Christians on Capital Punishment. I will explore both sets of view, whether they are for or against it. I will say which bible verses may have swayed their opinions of capital punishment, and what they think God has to say about the whole issue. I have opinions from Christians today, who I have asked their opinions on the matter. I will also include church's opinions.
Christians use a number of sources to make decisions; these include the Bible, Church teachings, Jesus' actions and the society around them. It is also important to remember that the Bible does not mention euthanasia but however teachings from the Bible can be related back to the topic of euthanasia: The Roman Catholic Church's teaching on euthanasia is that it apposes it completely, this is an absolute view: " Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person." Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae 1995. The Roman Catholic Church also states that any attempt of ending life is opposing God's love for that per... ... middle of paper ... ...upports this teaching because the Christian is showing love and compassion for people by supporting hospices; therefore the hospice movement can be used in Christian teaching against euthanasia. In conclusion, it can be seen that there are many different views on the topic of euthanasia in Christianity, and there is no absolute view on euthanasia mainly throughout the Church except the Roman Catholic Church which gives clear guidelines for Christians to follow, while other churches will take a stand but will not take an absolute view which lets Christians explore the facts and make decisions for themselves.
To understand the basis of the ethics that Christians live by the Biblical story must be interpreted. The Bible passes judgement on many things that Christians would come into contact with at some point in their lives. These things include cases such as; abortion, contraception, euthanasia and homosexuality. All of which are negatively referred to in the Bible. However authority today views these issues differently because they use secular ethics in conjunction with their decision making.
The Christians would argue that God himself commands the use of capital punishment. We can see a good example of the first acts of capital punishment, when God was involved directly or indirectly , in taking of life as a punishment for the nation of Israel. Therefore many Christians think that they should allow capital punishment because if God himself is commanding the use of capital punishment many feel that they should allow capital punishment and follow the example of God. Many people also interpret this as if the a crime has been committed that the person who has committed it must be punished. This suggest that God permits capitals punishment but it must be used in the correct way and only when the accused criminal is found 100% guilty.
Discussion of How Christians Can Put Their View of Racism into Action All of the Christian teachings on racism have originally started from the teachings of the scripture. It is because of this that Christians are aware that they have a responsibility to bring peace and reconciliation. However not all Christians take up this responsibility, maybe this is due to the fact that most people today go with the majority and rarely speak out as an individual. Some people however have stood up for themselves and spoken out in an attempt to gain justice without using violent methods to prove their points, they are known as Christian Pacifists. There are many well-known Christian Pacifists, such as Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston.
Christians and the Capital Punishment The restoration of the death penalty by the Supreme Court prompted statements of opposition by some Christians around the country. This essay reflects on these statements and draws the conclusion of their suitability and correctness in light of our Christian heritage and other secular, practical reasons. These statements acknowledge that Christians of equally serious moral concern can and do disagree on the issue of capital punishment. We must honor the personal freedom in Christ for different people to exercise moral discernment and come to different conclusions on this issue. Still, many Christians feel compelled to bear witness to our views and ask the people of America to give us heed.
But, contradicting itself the Bible then goes on in Genesis 9:6 to say, ‘Whoso shedeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.’ (KJV) What this passage tells is that death is an okay punishment for murder, because murder is a personal offense to God. God created man, and to kill someone is to kill part of God (‘Conflicting Penalties’). The death penalty is not only mentioned in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament. In Romans 13:3-4, it is said that ‘For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil… If you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil’ (KJV). This passage is saying that you must be careful what you do, and only practice the good things in life.
Christians' Response to the Issue of Euthanasia Euthanasia is currently a highly debated topic for many Christians and in this section of my coursework I will be looking at how Christians may respond to the question of it. However before I explore or begin to explain how a Christian may respond, I need to explore how Christians make their moral decisions. Christians use a number of sources to make decisions or discuss moral issues such as euthanasia. The first of these is the Bible. Although the Bible does not actually mention euthanasia it does teach Christians about the sanctity of life and the values of humanity so a Christian may draw on these teachings as suggested in section A, when discussing euthanasia.
In the bible Genesis 9:6, it states that capital punishment is based on a belief in the holiness of life. It says, "Whoever sheds man's blood by man ... ... middle of paper ... ...ctually kills because of a sin, it makes me wonder what will happen to us in the future. However, God is the one in charge and if he feels like that is a good choice of capital punishment then so be it. As a result, whether capital punishment is a moral responsibility or not, as christians we still need to continue to hassle with the bible scriptures. Despite our reasoning, having justice, humbleness, and God's grace motivate us, instead of hatred and looking to seek revenge; and if christians choose to support or be against capital punishment, then as christians we are called upon to the Lord to make it right but also make sure not innocent people are hurt.
They believe it denies you passage to heaven. They consider any homosexual relationship, lifetime or non-committed relationship, one to be damned. Liberal viewpoints are usually more changing and interpret the Bible in many different ways. Many liberal Christians ignore the English translations of the Bible, the King James Version. Most liberal Christians refer to Greek and Hebrew versions of the Bible.