Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday

On this day we observe the execution of Jesus Christ.

This is a good day to consider the ethics of capital punishment.

Why was such a great man put to death?

From the perspective of the Jews, Jesus "blasphemed" by claiming to be God.

From the perspective of the Romans, the government simply "washed its hands" of the religious conflict. But the Roman Empire was continually involved in this religious dispute because Jesus and His followers disrupted Imperial unity and peace.
Acts 17:6-8 (New Living Translation)
Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. "Paul and Silas have turned the rest of the world upside down, and now they are here disturbing our city," they shouted. "And Jason has let them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, Jesus."
Allegiance was the issue. "We must obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29).

Harvard Law Professor Simon Greenleaf, who wrote America's greatest treatise on the law of evidence in the 19th century, examined the Gospels according to the rules of evidence, and concluded that the resurrection of Christ could be factually established in any court of law. So much for Bill O'Reilly's claim last night that the Gospels "are not history."

A Physician's View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ -- Spiritual Life

History speaks of the conflict between the Messiah and the messianic state. To whom have you given your allegiance?

1 comment:

David Schantz said...

I have a real serious problem with the idea of doing away with the Death Penalty. When I was in High School one of my class mates stabbed a taxi driver 110 times during a robbery. I talked to people that spent time with him in prison. They said he would never get out because he flat out told the parole board he would kill again. Well guess what, after a couple of decades they released him. He was a man of his word. This time he killed an elderly lady and her son during another robbery. Since that time my old friend has received a lethal injection. If they would have done that after he murdered the taxi driver his last two victims might be alive today. In this case I also feel the parole board should get part of the blame. If they would have listened and not release him he couldn't have committed the second and third murders.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.