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Does the Bible say anything about capital punishment?
March 1, 2021Keaton BrowderOne comment The issue of the death penalty has long been a constant debate among Christians. One side justifies capital punishment from its biblical origins as retribution of wrongdoing, while others argue against the practice, maintaining a holistic pro-life stance.
What are the issues with capital punishment?
The prominent issue of capital punishment is killing an innocent person that was wrongfully convicted. Since 1973 according to the Death Penalty Information Center, over 185 mistakenly convicted prisoners on death row have been exonerated, pointing to a trend of erroneous death sentences.
What is the Catholic Church’s position on capital punishment?
The Catholic Church has spoken out against capital punishment for decades and actively seeks its abolition. Pope Francis has called on Catholics to campaign for the abolition of the death penalty. The right to life of a guilty man should not depend on others judging him to be worthy of it.
What does the Old Testament say about the death penalty?
Old Testament The death penalty is consistent with Old Testament Biblical teaching, and suggests that God created the death penalty. In total, the Old Testament specifies 36 capital offences including crimes such as idolatry, magic and blasphemy, as well as murder.