In the OT the death penalty was acceptable for certain sins against mankind. But so was the "eye for an eye" teaching, meaning a thief would lose a hand for stealing. This seems barbaric and almost like the teachings of the Koran and application of Sharia law. So what say you when it comes to giving death to those convicted of first degree murder? And why do you believe this view? Also, is it not possible, that a life sentence may be overturned by, let's say a pardon, down the line, and a cold blooded murderer may end up not serving life, but released back into society? After all, Obama is emptying Gitmo, so what's to stop an extremely liberal president from commuting life sentences to parole based on time served? Maybe the Bible has it right when it comes to dealing with a killer!?