Currently in the process of converting [to Byzantine Catholic].
I believe the death penalty is supported/called for by scripture, and therefore support it’s implantation by the government.
My reasoning (it doesn’t really matter for answering my question) is this:
I believe all of the scholarly translation of Exodus 20:13 which read “thou (or you) shall not commit murder” are much more consistent with the rest of the scripture.
The translators who came up with “thou shall not kill” committed a grave injustice that has been foisted upon all Christians for hundreds of years. They had available to them the English word “kill” and for whatever reasons chose not to use it. There is a Hebrew word for “kill” (an amoral word) and a Hebrew word for “murder” (an immoral killing). English has the same concept.
All 5 books of the Torah include the death penalty for various offenses. Therefore it is a clear translation problem to assert that the Bible is “against” the death penalty.
Am I allowed to believe this? Do I have to go to confession and repent of holding this belief every week before receiving the Eucharist?
This is a serious question. I am struggling with the concept of obedience to dogmas and teachings that I am strongly convicted are wrong in the context of “sin.”