Originally posted by Halitose
1) God created this whole universe; who are you to say what He may or may not do? He is the giver of life and can just as easily take it away.
So the God who gave us moral guidelines is in no way bound to them?
God can lie, steal, cheat, murder, and fornicate with utter impunity (after all,
He made us, right)?
If God can perform acts which run contrary to His Law, then who is to say
that 'His Word' isn't one big lie?
2) Murder is taking life that hasn't been sanctioned by a higher judicial/executive power. Is the dude who presses the button on the electric chair a murderer? No, because he is exercising his power granted by a court of law. Is a soldier in war a murderer? No. He is exercising his power granted by his commander in chief. So technically, as God is the ultimate judicial/executive power, He cannot commit murder, He exercises His own power.
I think you'll notice that many of the relatives of victims of murder are very angry.
A lady recently said, 'He can't die fast enough for me.' Capital punishment is about
providing relief or vindication, but is driven by anger as much as justice. And we
know that even being angry at our brother who sins against us is a sin, much less
killing our brother.
And, just because authority is granted to someone on earth to take away life doesn't
make it moral. After all, Saddam Hussein had power and used it to kill thousands
through his army. Certainly you recognize these as murders, despite his authority.
So it is not authority that makes killing morally permissible. If I kill someone who
is attacking my son, I don't have 'authority' granted by any governmental authority
to act on his behalf and protect him.
In any event, God calls us to transcend anger, to embrace forgiveness, and to live
lives of peace and compassion. Capital punishment fails in that regard.
Please note that forgiveness doesn't entail absolution from justice. But capital
punishment is not justice (especially how it is inconsistently applied in America),
it is vindication.
Finally, if we embrace the notion that God is everlasting mercy, compassion and love,
then envisioning a God who can and does murder with impunity is absurd.