Fair play and moral standards cannot be legislated. Fair play and moral standards are established by society’s buy in that through a consensus of agreement that certain behaviors are appropriate or not appropriate; acceptable or not acceptable.
You can do all the legislation in the world and it won’t change one iota to what the majority of people accept or reject morally. Abortion stands as exhibit “A” as still being morally unacceptable by the majority of society, however many still choose to do it.http://www.studymode.com/essays/Morality-Abortion-52556.html
When the historic Emancipation Proclamation was declared by our sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln, it did little to change the social concept of slavery. Abolitionists for decades worked tirelessly to institute a change in the public’s perception regarding slavery. The residual impact of society’s indoctrination into slavery still is present in society today nearly 150-years later.
Ironically, although the US Constitution and religious doctrines based on Christianity set the standard for brotherhood and freedom for all, it didn’t change the racist belief that superiority concepts still dominated social thought. Compassion towards other races just could not be legislated along with a morality shift. Segregation merely was imported into the vast majority of churches.http://racerelations.about.com/od/diversitymatters/a/RacialSegregationinChurch_2.htm
Whether it was the good, bad, or ugly….social practices and concepts persisted as the result of the practice of religious beliefs, secular beliefs or merely tolerated practices. The majority of acceptable standards were lifted from Biblical principles and incorporated into the laws of the land, particularly in the United States.
Criminal and civil laws were fashioned after the moral codes of the Bible. The penal codes for capital offenses as murder mirrored the standard established in the Bible for willful or accidental intent. Typically if the shedding of innocent blood was purposeful and with malice intent, then the Biblical standard required the blood of the person spilling the blood. Death penalty punishments were written into the penalties for murder since it was a just punishment.
Life for life punishments have always been a predominant penalty in many societies since that specific moral standard was handed down from thousands of years of human history. Many western cultures have adopted moral principles from the Judeo-Christian standards that established each respective religion.
Regardless, every culture has a moral code where murder, lying, stealing, and even unacceptable sexual practices are universally accepted. Appropriate penalties for taking part in these universal sins have a common theme in the same cultures. Penalties dispatched for practicing these sins were designed to punish, not rehabilitate.
Seeking rehabilitation from a convicted criminal is a new 20th century concept where penalties are lessened in order to have an embracing chance of redemption for the criminal responsible for the crime. Redemption without repentance is a dangerous practice, and the results are a less than prolific track record of paroled individuals keeping a clean record when they leave jail or prison.
Making a mockery of justice takes place when there is insufficient payment for crimes committed and a lack of change taking place in the heart of the malefactor. Spending less than 10-years in prison for murder not only is an inadequate punishment, but it lacks the justice compared to victim being sent unwillingly into eternity.
The worth of a living soul is far more expensive physically and even more costly spiritually according to the Bible. Jesus said, “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Obviously the intrinsic value of a human spirit has more value than the intrinsic value of all the precious commodities on the Earth.
The price of a human soul should give pause to anyone contemplating the murder of another human being. Morally it is automatically repugnant to anyone that has a brain that has not been corrupted by self indulgence and hard living. It takes a multitude of sins to create a depraved mind willing to take the life of another. Payment for such a life cannot be made, thus losing one’s life as punishment is the only just punishment for the premeditated killing of another.
Life imprisonment without parole is a lie, particularly when there are those being paroled after the sentence of no parole was administered. Humans have a poor track record of doing what they actually say in our legal system, both the parole boards and the paroled offenders included.
A punishment may have been paid by a convicted murderer and the real story about a merciful God is God’s willingness to forgive sin even with the seriousness of murder. As with King David, God will forgive the sin but won’t remove the consequences of the sin, which could include payment with your life.
There is a clear distinction between punishment and justice.