The Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty

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Only God should create and destroy life “Many Christians believe that God commanded "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 21:13), and that this is a clear instruction with no exceptions.
Death penalty is the punishment of a criminal offender ruled by the court. About 13,000 people have been legally executed in the US (White). Thirty-one states currently have the death penalty. It is expensive, makes us murderers too and doesn’t truly give justice. Even though some religious people believe there is nothing wrong with the death penalty, death penalty is wrong because the punishment of life in prison is worse than being on death row and it is expensive to taxpayers.

When it comes to religious people and the death penalty, there are mixed emotions. Some believe it is nothing wrong with the death penalty. They believe that if someone does anything treasonous that results in death they should be punished by the death penalty. They think that they should die for the suffering of someone else. However, others believe that the death penalty is a sin because killing is a sin. “Thou shall not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus once said “he that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her”, this means that everyone sins and no sin is greater than another sin. So just because someone kills someone do not mean they should be killed for it, the same way they may have killed someone another person may have lied and lying is no less than killing. (Does Christianity Support the Death Penalty?)

Sitting in prison will be a better punishment than being killed, they will be suffering and paying for their crimes. The death penalty does not truly give justice because you are making the victims’ family happy but hurting the criminals’ family. Why punish the criminals’ family because of the criminals’ crime? What if the criminal has a kid(s)? It is like you are giving one family closure but making things worse for another. At least if the criminal is in prison they can visit them instead of watching them get killed. Parents would rather be able to go see their child behind bars rather than to have to go see their child's’ grave. (Messerli)

The death penalty costs taxpayers a lot of money. It costs more to execute

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