Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 28, 2014

Death penalty mentioned in Bible

Associated Press

— — In light of the recent letter to the editor concerning the death penalty and it being anti-Christian, I would truly like to put forth my thinking and knowledge concerning this subject. First of all I do not believe that any judge or court would sentence any person if they were considered to be mentally unbalanced. From my limited knowledge there is not a provision in Texas for a lawyer to claim a prisoner to be insane as a method to get the sentence dropped.

I believe that if anyone was accused of murder and he or she were insane and the state were to execute them, the whole population of the United States would be screaming foul and it would be spread out in all the news media.

Now the one problem in our state of West Virginia is there are too many folks who proclaim they are Christians but yet they either have not read the Bible or else they do not believe the Biblical writings in the good book. They following is from the Bible and is word for word: Exodus 21:21 and 21:24 states the following, 21:21, “He that smiteth a man so that he dies, shall be surely put to death”; 21:24, “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, foot for a foot.” Death to the guilty is mentioned all through the Bible. If Exodus is rejected due to being in the old testament then read Matthew 7:12 which states, “There fore all things what so ever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

Now if all this is God’s word, why should we excuse a person from causing deadly harm to us citizens? Plus, the taxpayers have to provide all of the necessities of life year after year until this individual dies in prison. That is not fair to law-abiding members of society. Why should we pay to continue life for a murderer?

Donald Ingram