By Vernon W. Redekop
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Extra info for A life for a life?: death penalty on trial
But first we will deal with the death penalty and compare it with the character of Jesus. Questions for Reflection and Discussion 1. What is the biblical concept of justice? To what extent does it match typical understandings of justice in the United States and Canada? 2. Is it wrong to be angry? Why or why not? 3. When are we most capable of doing evil? . " The former lived uprightly, the latter were evil. Those who wish to pattern their lives after Jesus, the "Son of God," ought to ask what "Son of God" meant to Jesus.
Phrases that are meant to portray someone's character? 3. What difference does it make if the urge to kill comes from the devil? Page 44 Chapter 7 The Teachings of Jesus A man in Montreal owned many apartment blocks in a poor area of the city. He borrowed heavily to acquire more property. When interest rates rose and property values fell, he was about to lose everything. Since he was an older man, he had little chance of rebuilding a business or finding employment. Although in debt several hundred thousand dollars, his creditors, who had known him for a long time, decided to give him a break.
Then a feud would have followed. The Jewish tradition gives us details about how this case would have been handled. The trial would occur in front of 23 judges. At least 13 of them would have to agree that it was in fact first-degree murder. Only 12 would be needed for acquittal. For conviction, the law required the testimony of two witnesses. Both of them had to have seen the entire crime. It was not enough for them to have seen Benshor with a bloody knife and Abseh lying on the ground. They had to agree on every detail about when, where, and how it happened.
A life for a life?: death penalty on trial by Vernon W. Redekop