Young Chan Oh
Foundation of Christian Thought
September 16. 2014
Ending a life of another human being is not an issue that should be held lightly. Judges can decide whether a person can live or die. No matter what the reason may be, the fate of any person should not lie in the hands of another human being. Some may argue that ending the life of a person may be for a good cause. For example, people believe executing a serial killer is actually beneficial to the society because the society will be a better place without the mass murderer. So is it a sin for people to execute another person’s life based upon their own judgment that it is ethical? Yes, up to an extent.
In a recent news article, a New York businesswoman murdered her autistic son because she wanted to protect him. The New York businesswomen believed that her husband and his business partner were after her life. She did not want to leave her child to her husband who is a sexual predator, so she had ended the life of her autistic son. People are so used to hearing these kinds of stories on the news that they have become very desensitized. This may be just another typical news article for others but this article has ethical issues that Christians can reflect upon. Some people may support the murder of the autistic child because it was for his own protection. If the mother did not do what she did, the child’s biological father may have verbally, sexually, and physically abused the autistic child. As Christians, we should be against this act. Murdering another human being, apart from being a capital punishment, is not right in the eyes of the Lord. There could have been other ways the mother had dealt with this situation. It did not have to end up in the child’s death. In the bible, there are many occurrences of murder and punishment. From the beginning, it starts out with Cain’s murder of his brother and continues to King David’s murder of his soldier. Every time there was some kind of murder in the bible, punishment followed right after. Killing someone is basically going against God because we are all God’s creation and made in HIs image. Only God can be the judge of who gets to live and die because he is our creator.
Looking at the scripture clarified the issue better. In Deuteronomy 21:22, it says “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death and you hang him on a tree.” This passage generally approves the execution of criminals that deserve death. In our society, people that have the power to execute are the judges in the Supreme Court. Outside of this, any other execution is wrong in the eyes of the lord. All in all, execution is a heavy topic that should not be dealt with lightly. In Christian perspective, people should always be against any murder or execution besides the capital punishment.
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