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Submitted by Summer Nicks (Pakistan), Nov 3, 2008 at 05:51

Sorry katie, I am unaware of the man's condemnation as unfortunate as it is. Obviously where rules stand, whether you like them or not, they should be obeyed for obvious reasons. I sincerely believe there might be something else to it than we've heard about, there usually is, but then again, you also have a very small mind mentality where the words of most faiths are twisted to suit the advocate of such minority sects etc. even in places such as Pakistan and even in places such as the USA 9The Klu klux Klan to this very day have a very warped interpretation of the Holy Bible and carry our horrific acts against humanity, not to mention various other groups in many countries) I don't believe Islam advocates such behaviour, as does Christianity or Judasim but there are belief systems amongst them all that take some words from their book literally...not as a metaphor...eg:

The Old Testament law commanded the death penalty for various acts: murder (Exodus 21:12), kidnapping (Exodus 21:16), bestiality (Exodus 22:19); adultery (Leviticus 20:10); homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13), being a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:5), prostitution (Leviticus 21:9) and rape (Deuteronomy 22:24-25), and several other crimes. However, God often showed mercy when the death penalty was due. David committed adultery and murder, yet God did not demand his life be taken (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17; 2 Samuel 12:13). Ultimately, each and every sin we commit should result in the death penalty (Romans 6:23). Thankfully, God demonstrates His love for us in not condemning us (Romans 5:8).

When the Pharisees brought a woman who was caught in the act of adultery to Jesus and asked Him if she should be stoned, Jesus replied, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her" (John 8:7). This should not be used to indicate that Jesus rejected capital punishment in all instances. Jesus was simply exposing the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The Pharisees wanted to trick Jesus into breaking the Old Testament Law...they truly did not care about the woman being stoned (where was the man who was caught in adultery?) God was the One who instituted capital punishment: "Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man" (Genesis 9:6). Jesus would support capital punishment in some instances. Jesus also demonstrated grace when capital punishment was due (John 8:1-11). The Apostle Paul definitely recognized the power of the government to institute capital punishment where appropriate (Romans 13:1-5).

So, basically, we are back to where we started. Yes, God allows capital punishment. But at the same time, God does not always demand the death penalty when it is due. What should a Christian's view on the death penalty be, then? First, we must remember that God has instituted capital punishment in His Word; therefore, it would be presumptuous of us to think that we could institute a higher standard than He or be more kind than He. God has the highest standard of any being since He is perfect. This standard applies not only to us but to Himself. Therefore, He loves to an infinite degree, and He has mercy to an infinite degree. We also see that He has wrath to an infinite degree, and it is all maintained in a perfect balance.

Second, we must recognize that God has given the government the authority to determine when capital punishment is due (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7). It is unbiblical to claim that God opposes the death penalty in all instances. Christians should never rejoice when the death penalty is employed, but at the same time, Christians should not fight against the government's right to execute the perpetrators of the most evil of crimes.

We can see these very same rules in Islam a nd Judaism, now some people in some communities carry these punishments out, toher's do not. You have the USA who still practise capitol punishment and only until a few years ago, publicly. you have China, a very non-islamic country committing evil acts to people and capitol punishment in the most brutal of forms - still publicly and also for such crimes as adultery, robbery and tax evasion etc

The point I am making, is that media very much influences our daily lives and perceptions of msot things. Nearly everything we know about comes from a book or a tv or newspaper owned worldwide by only two companies Reuters and World Press, both owned themselves by a Zionist who is also a banker, who also makes msot of his money provoking wars and then lending money to country to fight the war and a very high interest rate. Their grand scheme of things are the very things they fill our heads with to provoke such thoughts and keep us all in the lines they want us in. Probably down tot he fact that they originally created all religions with their twisted rules for a purpose yet to be unveiled.

Sorry for rambling on, but lost my way along the way.

Hope you're well and looking forward to your views.

Summer x

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