God’s View of the Death Penalty – Excerpt from IF GOD WAS LIKE MAN

IF GOD WAS LIKE MAN Through Barbara Rose, PhD

So if God was like man, would his justice system include the death penalty?

Should I kill you if you break a law?

Should I strike you with lightning, which is electricity, if you commit a crime? Would the threat of a lightning strike help you grow or evolve or truly learn the effects of your intentional actions? Would it help you make amends?

Do you seek to make amends when you have hurt another? Do you ever wish for the opportunity to do this? For your growth?

So if you seek to change or grow, shouldn’t all of humanity seek to do the same? Shouldn’t or wouldn’t it be beneficial if those who committed unpleasant acts had the opportunity to right their wrongs in some way? Or should they simply be put to death?

I ask you, if I were to judge you, how severe should the crime be? One lie? How about thinking a hurtful thought?
What about having an unkind motive for an act, regardless of the goodness of the act itself? Should I strike you with lightning and end your life abruptly for an unkind or unloving motive?

Isn’t premeditated murder based on an unkind or unloving motive?

Yes, it is.

Don’t you punish based on motive?

Yes, you do.

So if God was like man, he would be wise to give those who committed unloving acts based on unloving motives the opportunity to correct and learn from their ways, change their belief system, evolve, grow, heal, and then set an example for others who have done similar acts. In that way all would benefit.

I do not command you to kill. I have no commands.

So who made you the commander of others?

Why don’t you simply command yourself? And if there are individuals who are a danger to society, put them in a place where they can spend the rest of their lives in contemplation. In that way they may be able to correct, or learn, or grow, or heal. Then you will have created a situation where growth is achieved, and thus the cycle is complete. For to end people’s lives does not cause an ending at all. They are very much alive after this life. So you are in essence cheating yourselves out of the growth and evolvement of souls who choose to come into a life to evolve. As they evolve, humans make mistakes, commit misdeeds, and behave incorrectly.

Just take a look at your own life for a multitude of examples.

Do not judge severe behavior. Screaming at a child, causing a child’s self-esteem to diminish, committing murder, rape, or incest, stealing the belongings of another – these are all actions by people who have not yet evolved.

These actions all cause pain; some of them cause long-lasting pain; but all of the pain can be healed over time and with the help and support of others who have experienced it, and who therefore seek to help others evolve rather than destroy the opportunity for growth.

© Copyright 2001, 2004, 2014 by Barbara Rose, PhD All Right Reserved. Excerpt re-published with permission from The Rose Group from the book If God Was Like Man. ISBN-10: 0974145718

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