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The exercise of capital punishment for premeditated murder is necessary for the following four reasons:

Reason Example Text
1. It is explicity required by God in His Word.

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man.

- Genesis 9:6

2. It is based upon the absolute justice of requiring life for life.

Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.

Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

- Numbers 35:30-31

3. It is necessary to cleanse the land from the guilt of bloodshedding.

So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.

Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.

- Numbers 35:33-34

4. It is the most powerful deterrent to murder, effectively serving a society's health and welfare.

And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.

And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

- Deuteronomy 19:20-21

The act of premeditated murder includes abortion (the killing of unborn children), euthanasia (the killing of the aged, infirm, or incurably diseased), and suicide (the taking of one's own life).

Abortion is murder. It is the intentional taking of the life of another human being. This truth can be established:

1. By examining God's Word - The Bible testifies of distinct human personhood, of soul and body, as beginning at conception.

Which of the four corresponding reasons is supported by the following U.S. statistics?

During the first ten years in which capital punishment was outlawed (from 1967-1977), murders in the U.S. almost doubled.

1967 - 10,000 murders
1977 - 19,000 murders

How does premeditated murder differ from accidental killing? Why are abortion, euthanasia, and suicide all cases of premeditated murder?


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