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Lecture Eight Religion 261 Death Penalty Deterrence Reformation Retribution Mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute of God himself, And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When mercy seasons justice. Portia, The Merchant of Venice Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image. Genesis 9:6 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority?
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Unformatted text preview: Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer. Romans 13:1-4 Do not, therefore, when you are attacking the sin, put the human being to death. Avoid the death penalty, so that there’s someone left to repent. Don’t allow the human being to be killed; then someone will be left to learn the lesson. You are a man judging other men; foster love of them in your heart, and judge the earth. Love to instill fear in them, but do so out of love. Augustine, Sermon 13 (On the words of Psalm 2.10) Debbie Morris, Forgiving the Dead Man Walking (Zondervan 2000)...
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