Out of boredom, I went where I’m ultimately better off not going: Twitter.
Where I saw this tweet:
It got me thinking:
Should our laws come from the Bible?
I say “No.”
This is why:
If we are going to execute murderers because Numbers 35:31 says so…
Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.
…than, for the sake of consistency, should we also do what Deuteronomy 25:11 — 12 says and cut off a woman’s hand if she grabs a man’s privates?
If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity.
And should we do what Leviticus 11:12 says to do and not eat shellfish:
Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.
My point is:
If you’re going to say that one biblical law must be obeyed, than you must say that all other biblical laws must be obeyed, too, because if you don’t it makes you look like a Cafeteria Christian — a Christian who follows the parts of Scripture they like and ignores the parts they don’t.
For what it’s worth: The Catholic Church’s stance on the death penalty:
Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2267