Essay on Death Penalty Arguments

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Many victims of murdered people say that the death penalty should be re-introduced in to our society. They say that the murderer doesn't deserve to live while others argue the point. I will examine the arguments on both sides.

If we turn to the bible for some advice whether or not to re-introduce the death penalty we can find help in the Old Testament. The covenant recorded in Genesis 9 says, "whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed." This is the same as what the Old Testament teaches us stating, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." Does this mean that if someone murders our loved ones that we should have the right to kill them? If we look to Genesis again we see
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We do not know the pain that the victims feel knowing that the person who killed their loved one is locked up in a safe warm cell. Also think of the pain and unhappiness they go through when they hear that the perpetrator's sentence has been lowered for good behaviour. Why not bring back the death penalty and let our loved ones be happy?

Prisons also cost a great deal of money to run and maintain and it is all paid for out of our taxes. If the death penalty was re-introduced then taxes may be lower or the money could be put to a better cause like cancer research because there would be fewer prisoners in prison because of executions.

That was all the points towards or for the death penalty. Now for the bad points. Yet again if we look to the bible this time we will look at the New Testament we will see in John chapter 8 verse 7, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." This shows us that no one should be allowed to kill anyone because they have all sinned before. Also if we look to the rules that God set us, 10 Commandments. The 6th commandment is "Thou shalt not kill." Here God is saying that we are forbidden to kill anyone. So if the death penalty is re-introduced does this mean that we are angering God by not following his Commandments? How can we introduce the death…

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