To distinguish just from unjust wars, the following three points must be examined. A just war is one that is fought to defend a nation from attack upon its:
1. Expression of true religion
2. Exercise of proper liberty
3. Possession of rightful land
Thirdly, God requires governments to exercise capital punishment, to kill persons proven guilty of premeditated murder. "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man" (Genesis 9:6). Human life is given and regulated by the God of life. Man may never end human life when God has not commanded it, but neither may man extend human life when God requires that it be taken. Capital punishment is required, but it is to be exercised judiciously, impartially, and only after full and proper legal proceedings. The following discussion addresses two frequent objections to the exercise of capital punishment.
"I do not favor the exercise of capital punishment," Mr. Thompson stated. "I find it both cruel and primitive. I feel that there are more educational and loving ways of dealing with those who have committed murder."
And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe,
- Exodus 21:23-25
And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.
- Leviticus 24:17
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
- Romans 13:4
For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.