Recently I read a post about the death penalty. There were comments to the article: shooting is too good for them, use a rope, and put them in a running car in a garage. These comments made me sick. So I did some research most is based on a study done by Samuel Gross University of Michigan. He spent a long time combing through records dating back as far as 1973. It stated that they could be fairly certain that 4% of the inmates executed where innocent. They also said this is probably inaccurate because of the criminal justice system has imperfections- meaning innocent lives are in prison all the time. Innocent people are found guilty of murder. Logic dictates if people sentenced for murder are innocent that people found guilty of other crimes are innocent as well. (Lopatto, E; How Many Innocent People Are Sentenced To Death?; Apr 29, 2014)- Sorry if this is not sited correct.
One of the arguments for eliminating the death penalty is forgiveness. Jesus’ death and resurrection offers forgiveness. Mark 3:28-29: 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” Jesus said the only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Which is a whole other topic- blaspheme means to speak in opposition. Yes, even murders can be forgiven. Unless, of course, they Blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
Another argument was John 8:2-11: The story of an adulteress brought before Jesus and he did not condemn her because he chased away all of her accusers by simply stating that you cannot condemn her unless you are innocent. Who but Jesus is innocent? Something perhaps forgotten by our justice system and people who are pro-death penalty should consider. Are you without sin? then how can you condemn someone else to death? Of Course, there are people out there that are certain that they are without sin. I know because I used to be that Christian. I thought- I am a good person I do not …. I am a Christian. Being a Christian does not mean that you are without sin. It just means your sins are forgiven. This of course does not mean you should deliberately sin (Romans 6, covers this topic). I also contend that sometimes we sin and it is not our intention. Romans 3: 23-34: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Through accepting Christ as our savor and Lord- confessing that we are sinners- can we have salvation. So the arrogant Christian- yes they are still Christians even though they are arrogant- will think How have I sinned? The truth took me some time to learn. Just by my arrogance, I am sinning. The truth is when we think in that manner, we are acting as if something we did won our salvation- true accepting Jesus is what we did- that is not what I am referring: I mean that somehow through my own acts, I continue to gain salvation. Salvation is a onetime deal- Unless- I fall away from God and denounce God as Lord and Savior-, which I do not do. Jesus is the Savior! Forgiveness on the other hand is constant. I constantly ask God to forgive me of my sins daily. Daily I ask God to help me in areas where I sin. Therefore based on the fact that only Jesus can forgive sins. – Okay we can forgive people of sins committed against us- however ultimately it is the forgiveness from Jesus that brings us to heaven. John 14: 6: ¨Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Which brings us to the main point since only Jesus can provide eternal forgiveness – judgment of these souls is his responsibility not ours. Are you not glad the responsibility is not yours. Think about it- do you want to decide who goes to Hell? Thank you Jesus for keeping this responsibility off my shoulders. Remind me when I am judgmental that it is your job and not mine. No matter what a person claims to be, they are still God’s creation and as that it is God’s choice as to where they spend eternity, or whether they should die. In Ecclesiastics, we are reminded that God gives and takes away – Ecclesiastics 5:18-20: 18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
2 At dawn, he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”