Is capital punishment mandated by God?

A helpful revisit in view of recent events.

Wisdomforlife

How should Christians think about the appropriate use of the death penalty?  Is the execution of one guilty of murder a divinely mandated function of human government?

God established an ordinance to deal with murders very early in human history. God said, “If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image” (Genesis 9:6, NLT).

Genesis 9:6 seems to mandate capital punishment for acts of homicide (see also, Romans 13:1-5). Do those who execute murderers serve the cause of justice required of government? Should Christians endorse capital punishment of murderers?

The actions of police or military in taking human life offer the deepest challenge to one’s understanding of the role of government. How does love for enemies, forgiveness of offenders and turning the other cheek apply to just punishments by human governments?

Addressing these matters has become…

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