Sermon: Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment and the Present Crisis
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Today’s sermon looks at crime and capital punishment from a Biblical perspective.
If asked, most of us would probably say that, as far as the Bible and Judeo-Christian values are concerned, capital punishment began with the Mosaic law. And certainly, the Mosaic Law established a strict code of conduct with harsh penalties for violating the law. However, as we will see in today’s lesson, the threat of capital punishment actually began in the Garden of Eden, long before the Mosaic Law had been given.
But how, then, can you have a commandment “Thou shalt not kill” and then prescribe capital punishment? Quite simply, then, as now, individuals guilty of murder may face capital punishment, depending on the circumstances of the case. God, as recorded in the Bible, has given nations the authority to rule over people for their welfare, to include putting murderers to death.
And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” – Genesis 2:16-17
Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. – Romans 13:1-5
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