A Question I Was Asked:
Since You are Opposed to Abortion, Are You Also Opposed to Capital Punishment?


QUESTION:
Since You are Opposed to Abortion, Are You Also Opposed to Capital Punishment? It seems logical that you should be.

MY REPLY:
Thank you for your question.
You ask if, since we are plainly against abortion, are we also against the death penalty? To be frank, it is a little hard to see an immediate connection between the two, although admittedly, both take life.
The principle of the death penalty is plainly not wrong according to the Bible, and Israel certainly had the death penalty not only for murder but for several other very serious crimes, including kidnapping. There is no doubt that at least the principle of the death penalty as a punishment/deterrent for very serious crimes has a biblical mandate.
But abortion is not taking a life in order to carry out a punishment for crime, but amounts to the taking of an innocent unborn child's life, usually because the child is simply not wanted. Therefore I say (and probably 95% of Christians would say) that abortion is simply murder. It was once claimed that the as yet unborn fetus could have little feeling or sensibility, but few would now say this; we now know that tiny unborn children can even apparenly suck their thumbs, leap or respond to various stimuli. Moreover we now understand that even adults are comforted by sounds which sound similar to the sounds within a mother's tummy, therefore many of us - apparently - have deepest recollections of the comfort and security of the womb!
The fact is: A Christian cannot possibly support abortion.
All this may not be a very 'politically-correct' answer in our liberal and permissive society, but I am simply upholding principles which seem plain from the teaching of the Holy Bible, and the Word of God does not allow me to deviate from this.
When Israel entered the promised land, one of the reasons that they were forbidden from learning the ways of the surrounding nations was, in fact, the appalling practise of child sacrifice. Child sacrifice was (and is) an abomination to God. Just look at some of these Scriptures which reveal God's oft-repeated contempt for those who feel that they have the right and authority to sacrifice the lives of their own children: Lev. 18:21; Deut. 12:31; Deut. 18:10; 2 Kings 16:3; 17:17,31; 21:6; 23:10; 2 Chron. 28:3; 33:6; Jer. 7:31; Ezek. 20:31.

Regarding capital punishment, yes, God holds civil authorities responsible for protecting citizens from criminals and the example of Israel stands. Having said that, one knows that innocent people have been wrongly executed at various times in the past and this is one of the results of existing in a 'fallen' and godless society. For sure, such individuals will rise in the resurrection of the dead when they will finally face a Supreme Judge who will be fully cognisant of all the relevant facts.

I hope this answers your question.
Robin A. Brace.

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