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Can you believe in the death penalty but not believe in abortions? You’re still taking a life either way.
Yes, you can. As a high school teacher, one of my students said to me, “People earn the death penalty. An unborn child does not earn being aborted.” Whether or not you believe in the death penalty yourself, you probably agree that there is a big, big difference between a legal penalty for a terrible crime and the taking of an innocent life. The Bible gives human governments the authority to exercise the death penalty. That doesn’t mean governments have to do so, but are permitted to do so.
Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
has God made mankind.
See Romans 13:1-5, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”