The death penalty is the most severe, and therefore the most controversial criminal sentence among people in the world. There are always two sides to a controversy, which both have many pros and cons. In order to present a good argument for either side, each must research and comprehend the opposing point of view. A person should try to always keep personal feelings out of decision-making and attention to the objective facts should lead the way to justice for the accused and victim.
The argument for the death penalty is often based on the “eye for an eye” theory. This theory can be taken from the Old Testament of the Bible where God says, “eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” This scripture in Matthew 5:38, is a historical basis for justice through revenge. Those who are for the death penalty believe that when a life is taken the justice system should show no sympathy. Family members of a victim generally feel a personal sense of being emotionally attacked and feel anger towards the accused, which leads to feelings of revenge. They may feel that the accused showed no mercy for the victim, therefore no mercy should be shown towards the accused. This is often a normal feeling felt by relatives and friends of victims of murder.
Another argument for the death penalty believers are that the punishment will teach a lesson to the accused and others contemplating committing the crime of murder. Knowing that death is the punishment for murder may prevent others from committing this heinous crime.
The opposite side of the death penalty argument is just as complex. This viewpoint is often based on the New Testament of the Bible. The New Testament Covenant with God, through Jesus teaches us to forgive. Jesus says, “If someone strikes
you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go ...