Jesus intervened and . . . stopped the execution. If he just wanted to expose the hypocrisy, he would have done that.
Tears in my eyes, Donna. Merry Christmas to you, too.
With or without Christian ethics mixed in, I believe that the taking of a life in cold blood by persons who have no personal risk or investment (i.e. the government) is indefensible. It doesn't deter. It doesn't protect. It doesn't save money. It doesn't bring back anything that was lost.
And it removes forever the chance for a person who has committed a great wrong to continue on a path of growth that might someday help heal others or be of some service somewhere.
Donna, I too, am very, very sorry for your pain and loss. I hope that person who murdered your sister never gets out of prison. Neither, however, do I agree that it is the place of you, me, or the government to deprive him of his life. We simply cannot know what the future will hold, or whether this person is capable (wittingly or not) of bringing light of some kind into someone else's life. We don't know what his path is, and therefore I don't think it is wise to end it.
No, yoyo, it is YOU who are cherrypicking the Bible: "After you read 5:21, read 5:17 - he [Christ] came to uphold the old laws, not to change them. " Try reading pretty much all of Galatians, as well as the verses I cited above.
And you are arguing the woman was exhibiting "mere human frailties"? That's not what adultery was back then -- it was deserving of capital punishment -- hence the stoning. No matter how you twist your own words around the Bible, you cannot escape the fact that this woman was sentenced to death, and Christ came in and stopped her sentence.
****It doesn't get clearer than that that Jesus opposed SINNERS (which we all are) killing other sinners.**** "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord."
More importantly, if you are going to claim that Jesus DID want us to uphold the law, read Mark 7:8-11 --" For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother; and 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'" Mark 7:8-11 Ever get mad at your parents?
Not to mention all the little laws in Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus. I hope you aren't wearing cotton/poly blend clothing, and have never ever eaten a slice of bacon!
You are cherrypicking your own verses and then accusing others of doing it. Pitiful.
Oh, no, yoyo moi, you can find just as many Christians who do believe that Christ ended the Mosaic law with his coming. Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ephesians 2.15-16; Hebrews 8-13. Zoombah, Christ preached mercy as well as justice. "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
That is exactly it, WTF. I didn't post the specifics because I didn't want to provide drive-by thrills for readers, but it looks like this thread isn't getting a lot of traffic anyway. But my primary pointis that I think for the Tennessean to showcase those particular photos of the animal in question without any context shows either an ignorance or indifference to Nashville history that is sadly becoming typical of the Tennessean.
I have to say -- I read one of the Tennessean's photo retrospective and was horrified to see several glamourous 1983 pictures of Joe Savage's leopard featured, without any commentary on what eventually happened. If even one person who was familiar with Nashville history had read through that feature beforehand, they might have avoided putting it up.
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