“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I believe this is where they got when they said that death penalty is in the bible. First let me say that I will say this not for us to get divided with our belief but to share some insight to everyone as I’m willing to listen to your insight too.
I remember 6 years ago when the leader of the biggest protestant church here in Philippines ran for president. He was on debate while the issue is about death penalty which is sensitive topic here in our country. Actually he was my bet knowing that he is a man of God and I’m so tired with corrupted politician here in PH. So he asked if he is pro for death penalty as once elected he is going to bring back this sentence. He said, “yes.as this is written in the bible.”
Of course I got shock with his answer but I know he is not lying as with this statement that will give him bad images as politician. But I know he can’t also lie about God’s word as what he believes about it.
That debate had been discussed also in our catholic community and why this christian presidentiable said it was written in bible? Do the God of Love allows such as life-taking penalty? Our leader told me yes it is in Romans 6:23.
Well that presidentiable failed. No doubt.
Now the well-known Manny Pacquiao ran and got a place in senate in recent election held here in Philippines. We all know that he is christian. He has been asked the same question about death penalty and he answered the same as he said this is written in the bible.
Very sensitive case and if I’m going to ask, I am also yes to it. Death is inevitable, good people die and so be with bad. But I know in my heart, who am I to judge. What if God is giving them chance to renew his life and with death penalty we are taking away his chance to know Jesus.
If really death is wages of sin, why not let God be the judge of taking the life he once gave to us.
And for 2nd insight. With the verse, I believe that Jesus already paid the price for our death. So Romans 6:23 is still applicable? I know bible is absolute but I’m talking about do bible still encourage death penalty despite of what Jesus done wit us?
Please enlighten me. God Bless.