Dennis Putnam dap at ILINKS.NET
Wed Jun 4 17:14:05 MDT 1997


At 04:00 AM 6/4/97 -0400, you wrote:
>But didn't God give us dominion over the Earth and the inhabitants?  If so,
>aren't we also then given charge to maintain a society of some sort?  By
>definition, there can only be two forms of society; ordered and otherwise.  I
>think God would choose for us to maintain an ordered society.  In order to
>accomplish that, there have to be rules and methods to enforce those rules.
>I know this becomes a real dichotomy, however, God knew that these situations
>would arise and I think that is why he allowed his Son to be murdered to save
>us from sin.  In this situation, it is our defined role as maintainers of the
>ordered society to enforce the rules of the society and to punish those who
>break those rules.  I am not a biblical scholar, but the Old Testament does
>talk about punishment for crimes against society in the form of "an eye
for an
>eye".  I also don't know if the "Thou shalt not kill commandment" is
>only to an individual or to the society at large.  The jury decision of
>execution is a group decision representing the society at large.
>I am starting to digress in my point, so I shall stop here and hopefully
>somebody else can take it a bit further. :)

The dichotomy can be illustrated with the following. You are watching a
person murder another and have the means to stop it but it would require you
to kill the perpetrator. If you use Joseph's theory as a Christian you do
nothing and the victim dies. The perp then goes on to repeat the offense
against others as you continue to stand by and watch. I wonder how you will
be judged?

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Dennis Putnam
Loganville, Ga.

Stupid quote epitomizing modern liberalism:

"The whole point of the Constitution is to limit at some point and in some
way popular will."
Robert Post, Berkeley law professor on Ca. prop. 209 restraining order.
(L.A. Times)

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