How does God look upon murder and capital punishment?
This is a question that must be answered from the perspective of
spiritual and physical point of view. It is clear from scriptures that God
detests sin. Murder in itself is not the only form of sin. When capital
punishment is released unto the sinner by the law of the land where the sin has
been committed; it should not be seen as bad. The scripture also says that no
sinner will go unpunished. God has ordained those who are in authority -
Romans 13:1 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for
there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities
that exist have been established by God".
Therefore, God endorses whatever capital punishment that may be released on the
offender in any country or land and for whatever offense in compliance with the
penal code of that country.
WHAT IS THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF MURDER?
The original language words variously rendered "kill", "murder," and "slay"
refer to the taking of a life, the context or other scriptures determining
whether the deliberate and unauthorized or unlawful taking of another person 's
life is involved. For example, in the command, "You must not murder" (Ex. 2:13),
the Hebrew word for "murder" (ratsach) here clearly refers to deliberate and
unlawful killing. But at Numbers 35:27 the same term denotes an act that an
avenger of blood was authorized to carryout. Therefore, the command, "You must
not murder", has to be understood within the framework of the entire Mosaic Law,
which authorized the taking of human life under certain circumstances, as in the
execution of criminals.
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually
immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - their
place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death"
In each of the eight offences against God and man listed in the above passage,
the law of the land to which the offender belongs has punishment for it
including murder. God has placed those in authority there to rule and to judge.
When men apply the law justly, according to the accepted norms and values of the
community/land, God endorses such action of the Government.
From the above passage, God has a provision to penalize all those who commit any
of the above eight offences. The penalty is the second death. Eternal
destruction. That is even more serious that whatever capital punishment any
nation can release unto the offender.
"But all sinners will be destroyed, the future of the wicked will be cut off".
You can see from the above passage that the final destination of everyone in
this world is either heaven or hell. In this world, you and I are passers-by.
All those who walk in the path of righteousness are guaranteed heaven, while
those who are sinners and commit murder will go to hell. Those who commit
abortion are also murderers. Lives have been formed in the fetus yet unborn. The
breath of God has already been released. Even is you abort a pregnancy of 0 - 6
weeks, you are a murder. In a situation where the pregnancy will be injurious to
the life of the woman, the qualified medical doctors in recognized medical
centers have every right to remove it. This will be based on medical grounds: no
more no less! But where the sinners will like to cover his/her shame, God
detests this greatly and the end result is hell fire except he/she repents.
HATRED, OTHER SINS EQUATED WITH MURDER
Murders issue forth from the heart of an individual.
"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of
God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They
have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity.
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent way of
doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heatless,
and ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such
things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also
approve of those who practice them".
Jesus Christ also associated murder with wrong attitudes in an individual's
continuing wrathful with his brother, speaking abusive to him, or wrongly
judging and condemning him as a 'despicable fool'
Matthew 5:21,22 . "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do
not murder', and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you
that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again
anyone who says to his brother, "Raca, is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But
anyone who says, "You fool! Will be in danger of the fire of hell.
This is the provision of the Holy Bible. There is no controversy about it.
JESUS' GENTLE INVITATION
Acts 3:19 "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ
who has been appointed for you - even Jesus".
To those who are passing through capital punishment meted to them by the law of
any nation, all is not lost. You can repent and the Son of Man will set you
free. If the law of this land has condemned you, you should not be eternally
condemned. That is why the Lord Jesus is offering a gentle invitation to you.
Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden
It is important to note that sin does not evaporate. The blood of Jesus is the
only cleansing agent. When you accept Him, you will be adopted as a child; no
matter the offense you might have committed.
Repent today. Come to Jesus and He will accept you.
Rev Debo Adeyemo
How does God look upon murder and capital punishment?
The act of murder is forbidden. It is one of the ten commandments. Thou shalt
not kill would have been better translated as ; Thou shalt not commit murder.
The commandment has to do with unlawful killing. There are plenty of examples in
the bible of men of God doing lawful killing. In some cases this was actually
ordered by God. You can read stories of how God used the Children of Israel to
commit genocide on Canaanite tribes whose cup of iniquity had become full. Even
today it is lawful to kill in the course of oneís duty as a soldier, police
officer, or in self defense, or in defense of a loved one or member of the
public. It is also lawful for the state to kill in the carrying out of capital
On a personal level, Jesus taught forgiveness of oneís enemies. Often I see on
TV where the victims of a horrible crime are being interviewed and they are
crying for the blood of the offender. This is public expression of the human
need for vengeance. It is this that Jesus taught against. Very rarely one sees
victims being interviewed who express concern for the offender, that he or she
might become saved as a result of the guilt they must feel. This is the
Christian ethic being expressed.
We must not confuse capital punishment with forgiveness on a personal level.
Capital punishment was introduced by God into the civil laws of Israel. It was
to be implemented for such crimes as murder, rape, incest, adultery, witchcraft
(spell casting, astrology, sooth saying, fortune telling, clairvoyance, talking
to the dead, devil worship), homosexuality, bestiality, necrophilia, and working
on the Sabbath. It is interesting to note that there was no provision for
imprisonment in the civil laws given to Moses. This would have been difficult
given their wandering in the desert at the time. Subsequent leaders and
governments have changed some of these laws to include imprisonment and have
watered down some of the punishments. In our modern society for instance,
homosexuality, witchcraft and adultery do not carry any penalty at all and are
regarded as somewhat normal. Such is our degeneration. Nevertheless, I support
the right of governments to make civil laws in accordance with the wishes of the
people they govern.
In Old Testament times, convicted felons could always make their peace with God
before their execution was carried out. The same privilege is extended in our
society where the death penalty exists. The reason God gave for the use of
capital punishment was; to put evil away from among you
Do not confuse the teachings of Jesus with the laws of God pertaining to capital
punishment. They were one and the same personages, and God does not change.
James 1:17-AV Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
The lesson for the Christian in considering the death penalty is that despite
whatever might be legal in our society, Godís attitude to these acts has not
changed. Whilst some of the above crimes will not get you punished by the civil
authorities these days, be aware that you will have to face the judgement seat
of God. If you want Jesus to defend you, He will do so upon you asking, but once
under His protection, He will expect you to observe Godís laws as best you are
able and to stay away from the practices He has condemned. Nothing in the New
Testament changes anything in the Old Testament so far as the attitude of God to
human evil is concerned.
May you all go in peace and if there is a need for cleansing from sin in your
life, may you turn to Jesus for salvation before it is forever too late for you.
If one asks forgiveness he looks on it with mercy not judgment. To God there is
no big sin or little sin. Just Sin. In Gods sight the penalty for any sin, from
the white lie (if there were such a thing), to murder, is death. However we have
an advocate with the Father who is Christ the Lord. If a man comes and confesses
his sin, he is faithful and just to forgive that sin, no matter what.
God simply states in his Ten Commandments:
Thow shall not kill.
It's unacceptable in God's eyes! Matthew 5:21-22 says: "You have
heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who
murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry
with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his
brother, 'Raca (aramaic term of contempt),' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But
anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell. Matthew 5:
38-42 says: You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for
tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on
the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and
take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go
one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn
away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:43-45 says:You have heard that it was s! aid, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But
I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may
be sons of your Father in heaven He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the
good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. May You Be Blessed!
I know I've already written in my answer for this question, but I came across
this quote and I had to share it.
For us, murder is once for all forbidden... It makes no difference whether one
take away the life once born, or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man,
who is to be a man; the fruit is always present in the seed. Tertullian
BLESSINGS TO YOU! DeeDee
Biblical arguments against execution consist primarily of six
First, Jesus said:
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I tell you... whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him
also." Mat. 5:38-39
Second, Jesus forgave the woman "caught in adultery, in the very act." To those
arguing that she should be put to death, Jesus said:
"He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." John 8:7
Third, Jesus taught believers to forgive:
"But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses." Mat. 6:15
Fourth, the New Testament teaches Christians not to judge:
"Judge not, that you be not judged." Mat. 7:1
Fifth, Paul taught believers to:
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse... Repay no one evil for
evil... do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is
written, "Vengeance is Mine, I Will repay," says the Lord." Rom. 12:14, 17, 19
Sixth, the Ten Commandments teach "Thou shalt not kill" (Ex. 20:13).
Biblical History of Execution
In the first crime in the Bible, Cain murdered his brother Abel. Cain
intuitively believed that everyone would think themselves justified in executing
"It will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me." Gen. 4:14
So God forbade capital punishment:
"Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And
the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. Gen. 4:15
From: "Bailey Gertrude E NSSC"