One thing about doing afterlife research and better understanding our greater reality is that what you learn helps you to establish evidence-based opinions on a great many things. At one time, I had little concern about capital punishment. So long as we executed only the guilty, what was the harm? To read of the despicable crimes that some of these criminals had committed made you feel almost as if the government were doing little more than eliminating vermin.
I know better now. Sadly, though, since most of our society remains clueless about how reality works, those responsible for carrying out executions have no way to understand all the harm they are doing! Here are some reasons why executing criminals never is a good idea, no matter how humanely it can be done:
So, to recap, execution frees a mind that is inclined toward evil when it is at the height of fear and rage, and then enables it to roam and perhaps possess an innocent’s unsuspecting mind. Boy, talk about pollution! There is no more horrendous pollution than the freeing of a mind that is bent toward evil.
It is important, too, as loving fellow eternal beings to look at capital punishment from the viewpoint of the one being executed. I have a photo taken in the 1930s of a very young African-American man being strapped into an electric chair. Hovering busily, getting him attached to the mechanism that will end his life, are four middle-aged guys who are dwarfed by the robust health and the sheer charisma of the man who is about to die. What gets you is his face. He looks like your son or mine in the principal’s office, close to tears and gazing off into the distance, pretending to be anywhere else. I want to hug and comfort him. Even if I didn’t know how harmful it is to free criminal minds, that one photo would be enough to turn me adamantly against capital punishment.
Executing criminals is more expensive than incarcerating them. It causes incalculable spiritual harm. And it cheapens what evidence tells us is the most important thing there is: an infinitely precious human life.
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