We hear a lot of Christians, as well as humanists, talking about 'peace' today, often without defining what they mean.
For Christians this can range from the 'micro' level of peace (and 'unity') between Christians through to 'peace between religions' and ultimately to the 'macro' (the big picture) of 'world peace'.
We also have people calling for the abolition of punishment - on the micro level this is usually anti-smacking laws and on the macro level it is the abolition of capital punishment.
On the other hand we have those who believe that peace is simply not possible in this world (until Jesus returns), that 'just war' is acceptable and that the death penalty should be retained or brought back.
We cannot ignore these issues simply because they are divisive and contentious in today's society and in Christian discussion. If we are to contend earnestly for the faith [Jude 1:3] we need to know what the Bible says. This is all part of establishing a Biblical Worldview.
For this reason we need to address the 'difficult issues' - it is important that we think and talk about the hard issues.
Capital Punishment is an issue where Christians are on both sides and hold opposing views.
Augusto Zimmermann has prepared a brief overview in the hope that you will explore the Scriptures yourself to find the true Biblical position.
What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment?
Articles on Capital Punishment
We have collected some other articles on the topic which cover the main arguments and address some of the arguments against capital punishment.
On Capital Punishment - Part 1
Book: Thinking Things Through
The question of life and death
Is that a consistent position to hold?
We have posted several articles that comment on this question and conclude that these two positions are consistent:
Is it Ever Right to Kill?
How Can You Be Pro-Life and For the Death Penalty? Isn't That Judging?