Pope's Blatant Disagreement With the Bible Over Death Penalty
(CNN)Pope Francis, who has repeatedly “called for an end to the death penalty, on Sunday proposed that Catholic leaders suspend the practice for a year to mark the Holy Year of Mercy.
“Francis voiced his support Sunday for an international conference taking place on Monday in Rome called A World Without the Death Penalty, saying he hoped the conference would bring renewed energy to the mission to end capital punishment. "The commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty," he said on Sunday.”
Death penalty opponents never appear more foolish than when they quote the Bible’s “thou shalt not kill.“ This is a command to individuals.
But government has the right to kill, as we did when Hitler tried to conquer the world. We stopped his brutal march by killing his soldiers. A ruler is “the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:3, 4).
The Bible is clear about government’s responsibility to a murderer: “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man” (Genesis 9:6).