Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Death Penalty - A Denial of Repentance

Every human person has the right to life and repentance, regardless of their state or sinfulness. From murderers to perverts; adulterers to prostitutes; thieves to egotists, all are in need of forgiveness as 'all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.' (Rom 3:23) Christ (as seen in the Gospel accounts) accepts and heals sinners who are seen as the lowest, most immoral, members of society.

Certainly, in order to protect the general population, dangerous criminals are understandably imprisoned, however our Saviour Jesus Christ grants us all life in order to continuously repent, regardless of how many times we have fallen. Of course this repentance can take place within the prison. The death penalty on the other hand, is a denial of this repentance and forgiveness offered by God to man. The teachers of the law, and the pharisees had sentenced a woman, who had committed adultery, to be stoned. 'Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,' (John 8:7) Christ says. The Lord does not condemn the sinful woman, but rather gives her the opportunity to change - to repent. He simply tells her to 'go, and do not sin again.' (John 8:11) 

Through repentance and confession, Christ truly forgives us - offering every individual the opportunity to step away from the old, corrupt self, 'and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.' (Eph 4:23) 

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