Why Capital Punishment Is Unchristian

Roger Olson argues in a recent article published by ABP that the capital punishment is sub Christian and straight, I cannot agree with him more.

Here are his seven arguments:

1. it ends a person’s opportunity to exonerate himself or herself.

2. it ends a person’s opportunity to accept Christ and live a God-honoring life in prison ministering to other inmates and guards.

3. it usurps God’s place and assumes a God-like right and power to take the life of a person created in God’s image and likeness.

4. it has no social benefit. It only serves a blood thirst for vengeance.

5. no modern, Western country still has capital punishment.

6. capital punishment is barbaric and cruel — if not to the person being executed (and who can know for sure?), to his or her family.

7. innocent people are executed.

Read HERE the whole article.

What do you think? The Great Week is a good time to look again at this issue in light of our Lord’s unjust death.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

4 thoughts on “Why Capital Punishment Is Unchristian”

  1. @”3. it usurps God’s place and assumes a God-like right and power to take the life of a person created in God’s image and likeness.”
    Iertare, e Saptamina Mare, dar e ridicol argumentul 3. Dumnezeu n-a stiut ca-si uzurpa dreptul de judecator cind a instituit-o?
    @”5. no modern, Western country still has capital punishment.” Asta mi se pare cel mai puternic argument pt unde am ajuns in a desconsidera Scriptura. Tarile moderne din Vest mai tot ce e popularizeaza ele e contrar Scripturii. Nu ma obosesc cu exemplele. E un argument extrem de trist si de des practicat.
    @”2. it ends a person’s opportunity to accept Christ and live a God-honoring life in prison ministering to other inmates and guards.” – l-am lasat la urma pt ca de cite ori aud acest argument ma infior de fatarnicia lui. Nu-l cunosc pe Olson, e posibil sa-si petreaca o mare pate a timpului predicind Evanghelia in inchisori. In caz contrar, acest argument e perfect fatarnic…
    Nu stiu daca Colson e pt pedeapsa capitala (shame on me) dar cel putin a infiintat Prison Ministry; macar dovedeste interes pt evanghelizarea celor de la zdup.

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  2. Un exemplu din tarile moderne din Vest. Un tribunal scotian l-a eliberat acum vreo 2 ani pe ofiterul libian ce-a pus o bomba la avionul Panam 103.. murira vreo 200 de nevinovati in aer si citiva scotieni nevinovati pe pamint… L-au eliberat sa moara de cancer inconjurat de familie; ce jegos! Merita, juratii scotieni, sa execute restul pedepsei sale pt complicitate la crima. De ce? Vreo 20 ani, familiile celor ucisi au luptat cu birocratia, fatarnicia, impotenta, etc. a Vestului pt a cere dreptate pt cei dragi… Iar juratii si-au batut joc de orice element de dreptate, din umanism (sa te prapadesti de ris, desi e de plins)… Daca e vreun crestin ce are sincer probleme cu pedeapsa capitala merita sa reflecteze la acest caz, tocmai azi in ziua in care pomenim ceam mai grava si vinovata condamnare la moarte din istorie…
    S-o creada cineva ca Dumnezeul NT se joaca de-a judecata, se sfieste sa spuna o vorba aspra unui criminal odios fiindca din greseala l-a lasat bolnav de cancer…Nu e de mirare ca “un astfel de Dumnezeu” nu poate trimie oamenii in Iad, ar fi contrar modelului de justitie moderna, vestica
    PS- la polul opus, justitia Americana a eliberat un negru (evident) dupa 25 de ani de condamnare pe nedrept… se spune ca multi executati au fost condamnati pe nedrept. Ceea ce pledeaza contra pedepsei capitale. Libertatea si viata nimanui -chiar ciminal fiind- nu trebuie luata usor. Aceasta posibilitate trebuie sa ramina in codurile noastre penale si trebuie exersata rar si precaut… Dar nici Dumnezeu nu trebuie caricaturizat; am fi Dumnezeu de L-am pricepe…Toti ne facem un dumnezeu dupa chipul si asemanarea noastra… Al unora insa e prea evident… Sa ne ierte Dumenzeu pt asta…

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  3. I wholeheartedly agree.

    Although, folks on “death row” should be made to work, and not tax the system so much.

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