I ran into aby a woman professing Christianity, sincerely believing herself to be a true follower of Jesus, who took exception to the "liberal" Christian view opposing the worldly state inflicting capital punishment. The comment section contained two comments. The first was by a "conservative" so-called Christian citing Paul's letter to the Romans to justify Christians supporting the death penalty. The second comment cited Jesus in refutation. I added the following comment. What do you think?
Hello One and All,
Jesus rebuked the powers that be. Paul did not. Jesus is right. Paul was not.
Jesus said that only he who is without sin may rightfully take a life. However, taking that life then renders that one a sinner. It is Satan who devours souls. That is Jesus's teaching.
Jesus included the Sanhedrin and the whole Roman Empire in that. None may take a life, because none is without sin, which is falling short of the utter perfection of God. The current mundane or secular states are no different. They are not authorized by Jesus to take any lives.
If you are going to live by the Old Testament hypocrisy, why read the New Testament?
Never use Paul to contradict Jesus. Christians follow Christ without Paul in between them. Paulines follow Paul even where Paul is out of step with Jesus Christ.
God bless everyone with the real: The truth.