posted on Nov, 21 2007 @ 01:43 AM
The answer my friend to your question is yes, I would serve as executioner to these children who were given the death sentence as per the Bible for
their crime. Of course, I need to explain to you why or else you would think that I am just a cruel and sadistic person.
It all starts and ends with the belief in God. If you do not believe in God then you will not feel as I do about this matter.
So why would God have death penalties in the Bible? Well, there are infinite reasons for why God’s word is what it is, however I can think of a few
good reasons myself. Those reasons deal with love, not hate. For true love, is doing what is just and right, no matter how painful it is.
Tell me, what good does a life in prison do for someone? Nothing at all. The only thing that can come from a life in prison is that the individual
will have the time to reflect upon their crimes and turn back to living a life of good and not evil. The only thing that can come from a life in jail
is the hope for a change of heart. But that rarely happens when you put someone in jail for many years and then release them. In fact, I have heard
that the statistics for reform in prison are terrible. Is it any wonder why they call the criminal justice system, “The Revolving Door?”
The reason that prison has a poor reform statistic is that prison itself is perhaps the poorest environment for personal reflection and change. They
say that all you have is time in jail, but that is not true. What you have in jail is bunch of people trapped in a situation of personal survival.
Prison is rife with gangs and crime, not personal reflection and change. The saying goes, “I had to go to prison to learn how to become a good
What I think God knows, that most people chose to ignore, is the truth that life threatening situations are what causes us to reflect upon our choices
the most. I think that God in his wisdom knows that when someone commits such a serious crime as murder that only the knowledge that they will pay the
ultimate price for their crime is what may offer repentance and change.
Remember the story of Christ upon the cross. Beside him were two thieves. Thieves mind you, it does not say that they were murders. Only one of those
thieves chose to repent of his crimes. And what did Christ say to him? He said, “From this day forth, you shall be with me in paradise.”
It only takes a moment to be saved, but a lifetime of evil makes it much harder for that to happen. If you were to take that child who committed one
of the grievous sins, of which the Bible lists the death penalty, and you were to let him live in prison for 20-40 years before giving him the death
penalty, what are the chances that he would repent and change at the last moment? Even by the Cross of Christ, only one of the two criminals chose to
repent and be saved. Would that older person who lives 20-40 years in prison repent? Or would they instead be bitter and resentful of everyone around
them and society in general. I think that they would not repent after being forced to live 20-40 years in prison before they died. However, I think
that if they were given the death penalty before a long life in prison, as the Bible dictates, then I think that their chances of repentance are much
I also have to trust that God knows what he is doing above the emotionally charged people of this planet. I have to trust that what God tells us to do
in regard to criminals is what is best for everyone involved equally, including the criminal himself. Is that not what perfect love is all about?
I think that God knows that the death penalties listed in the Bible are what are best for the victim’s families that crave justice as well. Indeed,
I have all ready stated that what God tells us to do must be what is best for all, including the person who, as you put it, throws the switch.
As well, if we do what is listed in the Bible, and then we do so because of justice and not revenge. We do so because we know that it is right despite
whatever personal feelings that we have about it.
Without making this any longer, I would have to say yes, I would gladly do my duty, as a Christian, as someone who believes that God knows better than
man, and be the person who has to throw the switch, or make the injection. And if I ever do become that person, which I don’t think will happen,
then I would pray that I do my duty to God and Justice with all professionalism and reverence.
[edit on 21-11-2007 by Hot_Wings]