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Doing away with capital punishment



•- It is not just wishful thinking that nations can live without the death penalty.  Generally, nations that do not have capital punishment have lower homicide rates than nations that have capital punishment.
People of New Testament times need to consider what Jesus did when asked about the legality of divorce.  Jesus was aware of His present time and of what the law of Moses stated, but He referenced a time before Mosaic law was ever given to reveal what God's intentions were/are for humanity (Matthew 19:3-8).
For the sake of our Hindu, Muslim, and Protestant brethren in India, I promise not to bring up the whole King Henry VIII affair, and most especially since independence in 1947, but the example of what Jesus did regarding divorce is also valid for capital punishment.  We only need to go back and to examine what God did about the very first homicide.
After Cain killed Abel, God put a seal on Cain so that no human being would presume to execute him (Genesis 4:15).  Execution is God's domain - not man's.  This is the ideal of what God intended/intends for humanity even for today.  Cain became a wanderer, but society today cannot have killers on the loose.  This is why we have jails.  Incarceration is enough.  The law of love leads one to choose life instead of death.
Until the saints come marching in, and I am not just referring to the ones over in New Orleans or in New Delhi, we all have work to do.  India, please pray the little prayer at www.de-vrouwe.info every day, and please abolish the death penalty.
"Society will never learn to respect human life when a nation hypocritically kills those who have killed."  "The violence of capital  punishment only begets more violence."
Let the Indian without sin be the first to throw a stone, hang them high, or put the lethal needle in!
Matthew R. Dunnigan,
Fermo Posta:U.P. 47
Via Di Porta Angelica
00193 Roma, Italia



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