The History of Capital Punishment as a Deterrent to Crime Essay

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In today’s day and age, many people have had high minded and ordained question concerning capital punishment, or the death penalty. Through the passing of time, our society castigates transgressors with the death penalty. Many nations through time have decided to enact this harsh treatment. In the United States alone, the federal government has persevered to reinforce people to death (Marzillo 10). According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “Capital Punishment is the execution of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense.” Over the centuries capital punishment has been one of the most controversial debates in our society. The decapitation of criminals and domestic opponents has been used by many of our societies. The purpose…show more content…
According to the Old Testament, such crimes that had to be sentenced to death were crimes like murder, (Exo.21:12) false witness in a capital crime, (Deu. 19:16-20) speaking a curse over your parents (Exo. 21:17), blasphemy (Levi. 24:16), bestiality (Levi.20:15), adultery and fornication (Levi 20: 10), and women having intercourse before marriage (Deut. 22:25), As we see in the book of Leviticus, Exodus, and Numbers, the death penalty was done by stoning, burning, sword or spear and arrow. We clearly see that capital punishment was used indirectly. For example in the book of Genesis were God brought the floods, this was done because so much sin was around the world and to deter it from growing and getting worse, God flooded the whole earth. With the exception of the survivors in the ark, also known as the people who believed in God, everything and everyone were destroyed. Another example we see in the bible was the destroying of Sodom and Gomorrah, again a consequence of sin, the killing of the Egyptians in the book of Exodus, when crossing the Red Sea, another form of possible deterrence. Although all of these are examples of capital punishment the intention of God was not to be me mean or deprive us but that he valued mankind and creation and everlasting moral principles very highly. But one of the worst acts of capital punishment we see in the bible was the crucifixion of Jesus, who was an innocent victim of the death penalty. Although being

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