Death Penalty


Jesus says “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Mathew 6:14-15). Therefore, if you do not forgive the murderer for his sin then God will not forgive you. In Mathew 7:12, Jesus says, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the law of the Prophets.” Hence you should forgive others for their sins no matter how big it is, because that is how you would like people to treat you. Jesus furthermore proclaims, “You have heard that is was said an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also (Mathew 5:38-39). He is saying that 2 wrongs do not make a right. You do not need to do the same thing that a person did to you just to get even. Mathew 5:21 says, “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the Supreme Court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

I am against capital punishment. Two wrongs do not make a right. Some people argue that to put people in prison for life is more expensive and it makes us pay more taxes. This is not a good argument because the death penalty actually costs more than life imprisonment. After adding up all the costs, the death sentence in fact costs in between 2 and 5 million dollars per execution with all the special trials and appeals, while life in prison only costs 1 million.

Also capital punishment is very racially prejudiced. Minorities are up to three times more than likely than whites to receive the death penalty. Also, it is more likely for a person who has murdered a white to receive the death penalty. 86% of the cases in the last 10 years have involved white victims. Also it’s mostly the people without money who are executed. Over 99% of the people on death row are poor. People with low income cannot afford good attorneys to get them out of having the death sentence unlike wealthy citizens. Also the mentally retarded and ill are executed. I do not think this is right to do because they might not know what they are doing, they should just be sent to prison so that they will not be able to harm anyone else. In 1987 a poll was taken to find out which was preferred, life imprisonment or death. Life in prison was favored 2 to 1 used for the sentence for murder. I think that people should just learn to forgive each other.

What’s more shouldn’t the people performing the death penalty also be killed because they murdered another human? Killing another person will just cause more grief in another family and it won’t bring back the murder victim.

If my best friend was murdered and he threatened to kill me too, I still would not want the death penalty imposed on him. I know that he would be safely locked up in prison and that he would not be able to harm me. I would be very mad at him but hopefully I would eventually be able to forgive him if he was truly sorry for what he did. Killing him would not bring back my best friend so I do not see any reason to have another person killed.