I want to continue a discussion we were having in a different forum concerning whether Christians should support the death penalty. Let's stipulate that a person is guilty of murder. He will either go to prison for the rest of his life with no chance of parole, or he will be put to death. Should a Christian support the execution of this man? Further stipulations: God instituted the death penalty in the Mosaic Law. It may or may not have been repealed in John 8. Paul mentions that secular governments have been given the "sword" to keep order. (Rom 13) My argument is this. Christians should not support the death penalty because (1) every person is created in the image of God (2) once they die, there is no chance for salvation (3) just because God has used other evil men or governments to punish murderers doesn't mean Christians should be a part of it (4) we have been saved for the purpose of spreading the gospel, not pushing for death. It is unseemly for Christians to support the death of another person.