Since we are a Christian nation is putting some one in prison a Biblical form of punishment? Does God tell us to imprison people when they have committed a crime. We know that when someone did something in the OT days that stoning was one form of punishment, and there was the story of Achen who disobeyed God by taking what God told him not to after the battle with AI and the Israelites were defeated. Because of his disobedience, God had him and his whole family killed by stoning and all of his possessions piled up and burned. Today we put people in prison for a crime and they stay there for years, being allowed to apeal again and again. My question is, is this Biblical? If not, then what form of punishment should we give. I myself think that caning would be a good form of punishment as I don't think it would have to be done but once. But I am curious to know what others think about this subject and if you think prison is the answer to the crime in our society today.