Argument: Gen. 9.6 supports executions
- Debate: Death penalty, pro.
Robert Meyer, Renew America Columnist. "Why Capital Punishment is Pro-Life". Renew America. 20 Sept. 2004 - Since biblical times, the death penalty has been deemed as a just punishment for capital offenses. 'He who sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed,' (Gen.9:6). Notice that the scripture tells us that this is a duty delegated to mankind, not exclusively reserved for God. Specifically the state is delegated the duty of bearing the sword against the evil doer (Romans chapter13), as a derivative sovereign, until the final just judgement of God. There is no vigilantism or vengeance motive in the equation.
Richard Eric Gunby. "Sanctity of Life & the Death Penalty: Flip sides of the same 'Divine' coin". 2 July. 2003 - The Covenant with Noah: In the single verse of Genesis 9:5, three times in short order God says, 'I will require….' It is clear in the context of this story of the covenant God made with Noah (Genesis 9:1-17) that the reckoning God will require for murder is nothing less than full compensation, or in other words, compensatory death. A reckoning is an accounting, a just accounting or just judgment. This is God’s pronouncement of what constitutes justice on earth for the crime of murder. God says clearly that a just reckoning is the forfeiture of the life of the murderer. And notice the foundational reason God says Capital punishment is required. It is required because the innocent that was murdered bore God’s image, '…for in his own image God made humankind.' For your own lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning: from every animal I will require it and from human beings, each one for the blood of another. I will require a reckoning for human life. Whoever sheds the blood of a human, by a human shall that person’s blood be shed; for in his own image God made humankind. (Genesis 9:5-6)'...How much more so should a life be required of a human being (a fellow image bearer) that cheapens everyone’s life and afflicts damage on God’s image by the act of murder, as well as taking the life of an innocent human being. God has the right to protect His image as He chooses. And this Scripture specifically states He chooses to impose the ultimate penalty in this world (Capital Punishment) for damage done to His image.