|Capital Punishment (Part 2) #58
by Joseph Prescia
In Part 1 of Capital Punishment we saw that there are 2 basic ways the word “kill” is defined. According to Webster, to “kill” is:
1. “To deprive of life.” (to kill in general)
2. “The crime of unlawfully killing a person.” (to murder )
One is legal and the other is not. Killing in the military, by police officers or in self defense is legal. But to murder is in total violation of the law and its punishment is subject to the death penalty. God’s Word declares that the punishment should fit the crime.
Leviticus 24:17 And he that killeth (murders) any man shall surely be put to death. (KJV)
The tougher the punishment the greater the deterrent. There is something so disgustingly evil, so totally wicked, that gets a person to murder, to unlawfully take the life of another. Opponents to the death penalty think that it’s cruel and inhumane to kill a murderer and that it violates their human dignity and rights. But what about the dignity and rights of the person murdered and the family that misses their slaughtered relative? Trial lawyers attempt to lessen the crime by building a case that the murderer was abused when they were young or that they were raised in a slum. This is always an attempt to escape personal responsibility. They totally miss the “cause” and focus only on the “symptoms.” The root of murder is a spiritual problem and needs to be addressed as such.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (KJV)
Spiritual evil is what we wrestle against, not flesh and blood. Man’s weak reasons against Capital Punishment are based upon flesh and blood which are just the “symptoms.” Spiritual wickedness is the “cause” behind the murderer. An insane, possessed mind is the problem or the “cause.” Spiritual wickedness motivates a person to murder. This is why “temporarily insane” as a defense is a total farce. A devil spirit can enter their mind and then leave once the job is done. We know every person who murders is insane. They are insane long enough for the devil spirit to enter their mind, commit the act of murder, then leave. With a lifetime of immorality this person is primed for the next occasion to start this scenario all over again. Uncontrollable anger plus the presence of a murdering devil spirit equals unlawful killing. Devil spirit possession is the greatest reason FOR Capital Punishment. If you end the life of the one who can not control their murdering mind then you end the life of the home that houses the devil spirit of murder. In Part 3, the final article on Capital Punishment, we will look at justice and a conclusion.
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