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An essay donated by Jesse Whitson

An abolitionist's view of the death penalty

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God's opinion on the death penalty is made clear in the scriptures to anyone who is interested in His point of view:

bulletIn Romans 12:19 it says:

"... never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'"

bulletAnd in response to the cost of housing criminals it goes on from there:

"To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink, for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

bulletMatthew 18:21-35 talks about the parable of the unforgiving servant which can be summed up: The punishment for our sins is death, but God will forgive any who receive Jesus and asks it of Him, granting them life. Therefore we are called to do the same as God is willing to do for us, which in this case is literal: not to sentence someone to death for their sins.

When considering the concept of using the death penalty to punish murderers I am curious if anyone else notices the irony here? If one takes a mans life for taking someone else's life then they are guilty of the same crime. A murder to absolve another murder challenges the age old scold: "two wrongs don't make a right."

To decide when a man's life should end instead of letting God decide is the very definition of murder. However, If this murderer in question were to receive Christ and be delivered from the spirit of murder that resides in him, controlling him like a puppet, then he would no longer be a murderer, but a free man, He would be still guilty in the eyes of the law, but forgiven by God and saved. 

If a murderer's action was caused by demon possession, then it would be safe to say that you would be putting a man to death for this demon's actions through him. Evil was given dominion over this earth by God and all acts of evil by man are a direct result of that.

It has been said that when the death penalty is used, more murders are committed instead of fewer. If it is true that what causes a man to murder is a spirit of murder and if you kill the man, then this spirit lives in. The man is dead, but the spirit cannot die. He is freed from that man's body and now roams the earth searching for an open door to inhabit another. This is an obvious explanation as to why killing murderers would result in more murderers.

True, if the spirit were sent out of a living man, then the same applies, but in that case this man's blood is not on another persons hands.

I am a 26 year old woman who recently had several spirits delivered from my body. I am certain that one of these was a spirit of murder. I had visions and urges to kill my boyfriend often (who is now my husband) when I went through demonic fits of rage. At one point I tried to stab him with an ink pen. There are demons who have different levels of strength, a more powerful one could easily have overcome my free will at other times and have caused me to murder. Since my deliverance there have been no fits of rage and no urges to harm. From this standpoint it is clear that the murderer is also a victim and does not deserve to die. He will answer to God for the blood on his hands, someone else will answer to God if that man's blood ends up on theirs.

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Originally posted: 2008-JAN-11
Latest update: 2008-JAN-11
Author: Jesse Whitson

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