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There are a host of references to capital punishment in the Bible - the first of which is in Genesis shortly after the Flood in Genesis 9:6: Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. Christ did not condemn the Roman soldiers for executing the thieves who were crucified with Him. Paul does not deny ...


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True repentance involves repairing damages done (where possible). In this case, it would mean returning the money. Leviticus 6:2-7 (KJV) 2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; ...


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I think the issue here is that you are trying to examine one point of doctrine outside of the context of the whole system of doctrines that it fits into. If you take the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination by itself and tack it on to a generic pseudo-protestant view of salvation, you'll end up with a problem such as the one you describe. God becomes ...


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While many Christians are against the death penalty, there is also biblical sanction for it. Genesis 9:6 commands the killing of those who commit murder- He who sheds a man's blood, by man shall shall his blood be shed. For many fundamentalists, such a clear case for the death penalty means that the death penalty should thus be supported. The key ...


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Alright, here's the non-trivial answer. The idea is that we are all guilty. It's pretty hard to deny this one: Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Furthermore, while we are all guilty of sin, the punishment for this sin is death: Romans 6:23a (NIV) For the wages of sin is death If we go on in Romans 3, we ...


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I suppose it is emphatic “no”. This is because we cannot bring moral equivalency between abortion and the death penalty. Both these issues are circumstantially different to each other. One is about an innocent baby’s life being taken in the womb and other a convicted murderer being executed. A baby in the womb has committed no crime. It is inhuman not to ...


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Just because Jesus forgives you, it doesn't necessarily mean that there are no consequences in the social sense. Forgiveness from God is a purely spiritual condition, that removes the blight of sin from your soul. However, if you have wronged another through your sin, it would be expected that you make some recompense (in your example, you'd return the money ...


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The Reformed take on the answer is that no one becomes a believer by chance, but rather by divine election whereby God utilizes someone to preach the gospel to sinners, and causes the sinner to be regenerated (born-again), such that they receive the gospel as good news and believe in Jesus, and thus receive forgiveness of sins on account of Jesus' death on ...


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God not only allows for the death penalty, but specifically prescribes it--and it is not because life is not sacred, but because it is. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. Genesis 9:6 ESV Specifically, if someone murders another, his crime is so heinous that God declares he has ...


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In the 10th chapter of The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer says this: Here are the facts as I see them. For four hundred years Israel had dwelt in Egypt, surrounded by the crassest idolatry. By the hand of Moses they were brought out at last and started toward the land of promise. The very idea of holiness had been lost to them. To correct this, God began at ...


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Sometimes, God's Punishment for Disobedience is Death. This is a simple fact. The severity of the punishment often corresponds to the severity of the offense, so why was this offense so severe? The text doesn't say this explicitly, but if we assume that God could have sufficient justification for execution, then it's likely that he was knowingly and ...


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As it's been preached to me, justice, here, refers to God's faithfulness to His own promises. It does not refer to giving us what we deserve, which would be Hell. Toward us, justice would necessarily mean Hell. Instead, "Just" refers to the fact that He has promised to forgive us through the cleansing power of Christ's blood, as long as we have repented ...


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While it is not wise to base a theology on one verse, I am quoting just one because it summarises the answer to your question quite well, I think: John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. The first part, "All that the Father gives me will come to me" stresses Predestination, that ...


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If an earthly judge --charged by the state to uphold the laws of the state in a fair manner and himself known to be a good and upright judge-- were to knowingly acquit a guilty party we would rage against him. The key here is that God is not only the judicial branch, but also the executive and legislative. When a judge presides over a criminal trial, ...


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The key consideration is the definition of justice. Does justice necessitate punishment or restoration? If I steal $100 from someone, I don't need to be physically beaten. If I repay the amount--or even 7 times the amount--the offended party is restored. If another person pays that amount on my behalf, the offended party is still restored and would have ...


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Remember this is not some game where you try to follow the rules or trick the system. This is God we are dealing with. He will judge our actions and thoughts. In this case, you have a chance to return the money and you are not. This is wrong. I wish you make the right choice.


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In John 7:53-8:11, a crowd of men who are about to stone an adulteress to death, fulfilling the Law of Moses, are stopped when Jesus condemns them by asking for the one without sin to go ahead and cast the first stone. Additionally, Matt. 7:1-2 states: Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, ...


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Interesting question, user158. I hope we can give plausible answers to your mind. I think that you have been listening to a parody of Calvinism. God is not unjust. You can't ask him why you were made for destruction “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to ...


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I am still learning so any feedback would be useful here, but I do think I have some things to add to this discussion. We need to keep in mind that in a technical sense, we are driven to the honest answer that if God chose to Save anyone they will be Saved. Since there is not a direct declaration about unborn children, or those with limited mental faculty, ...


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The Essence of Justice Justice is served when the penalty for an offense is paid. For every crime, there is an appropriate penalty. We talk about this as having "paid one's debt to society", by a fine or imprisonment or whatever the sentence dictates. If someone were to be convicted of theft, the sentence may well be simply restitution of the amount of ...


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Your question seems to be different than what your references convey. In Isaiah chapter 13 and most of chapter 14 Isaiah is warning Babylon not of God striking the Nation, but of the coming overthrow by the Medes and the Persians. He is telling them that unless they change their ways God will not interfere on their behalf. Isaiah 13:17 KJV Behold, I ...


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Why did God kill a man for picking up sticks on the Sabbath? Perhaps we can start by asking a few questions to get a broader understanding of what might be going on here. What is the Sabbath? The Sabbath is a day of rest. God established the pattern of the week at creation, blessing the seventh day and making it holy "because on it God rested from all his ...


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I saw the movie The Stoning of Soraya M. where Soraya was stoned to death by accusing falsely of adultery. The stoning scene was so bloody and horrifying. It was a slow death and a form of torture.The stones were not big enough to kill immediately and they missed the head many times and the stones fell all over her body. This remind me of a woman caught in ...


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It is true that none are without excuse and it is true that before the foundations of the world God chose who would inherit salvation, but he locked up much of his methods in managing the universe to his planned ends under a mystery. With many subjects, especially those that involve God's all powerful, all knowing and all wise management of the universe, ...


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It doesn't matter whether some have a greater chance than others, as long as the chance for everyone is sufficient. For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities -- His eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20


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While I'm not at all a fan of Calvinism, I can at least succinctly defend this one point. Note again that I don't necessarily agree with the defense. The problem posed in the question comes down to the default position of humanity. If you realize that everyone, even day old infants, truly deserve Hell and damnation because of original sin, then the idea ...



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