A Question I Was Asked:

Does the Death Penalty For Breaking Certain Commandments Still Apply?

I have a question about the commandment "honor your father and mother." Matthew 15:4 says "Honor your father and your mother; and, The one who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death."

What does it mean to be "put to death?" Death in a physical sense? Death as in hell? I've been very confused about this verse.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Thanks for the question. The part about being "put to death" does not apply to you and I today. These commandments were given to Israel as they travelled the wilderness and they were responsible for maintaining their own law and order. You will see that there were very strict penalties for breaking not only this law or commandment but several of the others too.

Today we should simply be aware that it is sinful to be disobedient and rebellious to ones parents. This law at least helps us all to see how seriously God views rebelliousness to one's parents.

Robin A. Brace. June 3rd, 2016.