(If this has been done before, excuse the needless thread. I ran a search for "torture" and didn't find it in titles in this forum so I assume it hasn't been discussed theologically.) If possible I'd like to ignore the current political debate about torture and examine the concept itself. Please note, for this thread I'm not suggesting anyone in any level of government is involoved in torture so there's no need to defend (or accuse) the person(s) of your choice. I'd like to discuss whether or not it is morally permissible for a government to torture a prisoner. I'm tempted to add the qualifier, "for national security," but I figure if morality is the absolute I understand it to be then the motive would be irrelevant. That being said, the only Scriptural mandate against torture I can find is the broad (very broad) principle of doing unto others as ye would have them do unto you, which admittedly is less than convincing of an argument. Also, I'm not sure that I can even define the term beyond a vague notion of inflicting pain on someone against their will and even that makes for a precarious case. So... for you Biblical scholars amongst us: 1) Can there be a theological definition for torture? 2) Does the Bible in any way imply torture of political prisoners is wrong in the original languages?