ALERT: Scripture Abuse

This is floating around the internet.


The command is actually: you shall not murder. There is a big difference between a government lawfully killing a criminal, which the Bible permits, and murdering someone. Murder is the taking of a innocent life. Killing someone via the death penalty is fully justified because the person being killed has killed another, destroying an image bearer of God. This is why the LORD gave us the command in the first place. It is to deal with those who have sinned against God by destroying His image in another person.

Please do not be duped by those who misquote the passage from the Ten Commandments.

UPDATE: Another thought that occurred to me is that those who love to misquote the Sixth Commandment when it comes to the death penalty, are usually quite silent when it comes to using the same verse concerning abortion. In fact, the correct version of the Sixth Commandment applies directly to the issue of abortion, in that the killing of a child in the womb, does fit the definition of murder.



5 thoughts on “ALERT: Scripture Abuse

  1. Yes, that’s a stupid meme and I had the same thought about abortion. I guarantee that most of those opposing the death penalty (roughly one per week in the U.S. for those who survived 10+ years of appeals for murder) are wildly pro-abortion (20,000 murders per week of completely innocent human beings).

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  2. Eliminating the death penalty = increase in violence and a corresponding worsening of civil order. How many of the innocents spreading these memes understand that?

    For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil… But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (Romans 13:3-4)

    What part of that is hard to understand?

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  3. My view on the elimination of the death penalty, was that the person committing the crime of murder has a chance to repent and be forgiven by Christ if they live on after the crime. A soul in effect that was lost would have a chance to be saved if true repentance was found in that persons heart for the crime. The life lost will be given back in the resurrection to the person murdered, if they are saved and/or determined their status in the judgement if not saved at the time of their death.

    As far as abortion goes once you produce a biological life, it should be allowed to flourish and if unwanted given up for adoption. One reaps what one sows and so this would teach the parties involved that protection should be used next time to avoid the pregnancy in the first place. Killing the unborn is not the answer after the fact.


  4. They accuse Christians of picking and choosing Scripture to follow, then PICK the Scripture they want us to follow and choose to ignore the rest that disagree with their odd understanding. For instance, it was God who said, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in His own image.” (Gen 9:6) (This, by the way, is the reason we’re pro-life. Made in God’s image.) And Alec trotted out Rom 13:3-4. Both of these favor the death penalty. The argument is, then, that God is schizophrenic, favoring the death penalty in the Old and New Testaments, but at that moment for the 10 Commandments He changed His mind. But, look, if God is that senile, why would they care if He said one … or the other? We should take our commandments back.


  5. I recently listened to a sermon by John MacArthur who spoke at length about this. When Jesus spoke to a harlot caught in adultery He said “Go and sin no more” but when He spoke to a centurion He did not say “Go and soldier no more”

    Just as soldiers protect the population by killing, if need be, those that would endanger the country/nation/empire, the death penalty was given to us by God as a tool the government uses to protect the population from dangerous elements within – criminals.


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