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Those who should know better

December 30, 2006

I think most have heard by now that Saddam Hussein was executed.

In Genesis 9:6 God says, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

Romans 13:1-4 reads,

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Yet, Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, denounced the execution of Saddam Hussein because it may cause more violence. We might expect this from a non-Christian or new Christian, but a schooled Biblical priest? This consideration may sound good but it’s without Biblical ground. I know that the Gospel and primacy of the Bible are unrecognizable in Roman Catholic theology. But if they no longer stand for Biblical justice either, where do they stand? Shouldn’t they know better?

For more on Biblical Capital Punishment see here and here.

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