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UNDERDOG REPORT: Modern Law and the Bible, Part 5 – Murder and Death

Modern Law and the Bible, Part 5 – Murder and Death

Risk, Responsibility, Restitution, Rehabilitation

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Over the last four weeks,[1], [2], [3], [4] we established that risk is unavoidable, and we have been given responsibilities to protect ourselves and others from this risk. We reviewed God’s respect of personal property in Part 1;  the overreaching aspects of Eminent Domain and Unreasonable Search and Seizure in Part 2;  Building Codes in Part 3; and the Bible’s Voluntary Servanthood (House slavery as called by some) in Part 4.

Regarding Part 2, I recommend you watch Netflix movie “REPTILE.’ It highlights how a corrupt police force could use the Search and Seizure law for their personal profit at the expense of innocent people. This movie is not fiction, since this ‘legal’ is 43 of our 50 states.[5]  This is Unreasonable Search and Seizure, and this law needs to be stricken from our books.


In this last of our 5-part series on the Bible and Modern Law, we are going to cover the very serious subject of

Manslaughter, Sanctuary, Murder, and the Death Penalty. 

We covered the lesser crimes in sections 1-4 where Voluntary Servanthood was a successful option to prison and allowed for victims to be compensated and restored for their loss; and for criminals to be able to learn a trade and live with a successful family so that they could be Rehabilitated. 

The problem is if someone steals from you; the natural response is that you want to be compensated for your loss. If someone accidentally or purposely kills a family member, the normal reaction is to ask for justice or revenge. So how did God instruct the Jewish people to handle these two situations? 


God knew if someone was killed by accident, it was not considered murder, so there would be a lesser punishment compared to murder. The two requirements for something be considered murder are it could not have been unintentional (an accident) or just (self-defense). If you were in a fight and the person you were fighting slipped and fell over the balcony and died, it was not intentional for you to kill him, but it was unjust. Nevertheless, it was still considered an accident and deemed manslaughter. If you pushed him off and it was not self-defense, that would be murder.

Exodus 21:12-13 (NIV) Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death. However, if it is not done intentionally, but God lets it happen[6], they are to flee to a place I will designate.

In those instances where a death was determined to an accident, it was considered manslaughter, and the person would be sent to a City of Refuge. There were six Cities of Refuge in the Old Testament. roughly spaced evenly throughout Israel.[7] These were a sanctuary to those who had unintentionally caused the death of another person.   

By providing asylum, these cities offered protection and a safe haven for individuals seeking protection from anyone trying to avenge the death of the person in question, until the High Priest and the courts heard the case. [8] Anyone seeking vengeance would not be allowed into  the city. If it was determined it was willful murder, the person would be released from the City of Refuge and would face the death penalty. 

If the courts determined the person was innocent, he was allowed to stay under the protection of the City of Refuge, but if he ever left, that protection was voided. When the High Priest passed away, the one that made the judgement, the city would be emptied of those specific people living in asylum  there.


In 2022, there were 8,508 murders in the U.S., but only  83% of the 18,888 law enforcement agencies submitted crime data. In addition, only limited data was available for Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The number of murders was surely higher. Let’s call it 13,000 total murders for comparison purposes. The same data says there was 23,058 murder offenders.[9] On average there was about 1.8 people charged with murder for every instance of murder. So, almost two people on average are involved with each murder. I guess misery loves company.

The U.S. has five percent of the world’s population yet incarcerates 25% of its prisoners, incarcerating at a rate 4 to 7 times higher than other Western nations. The percentage of new crimes committed by those released from prison is also very high. 68% of released prisoners are re-arrested within three years of release.[10]  

All this points to the fact that the American penal system is does a very poor job at:

  1. Reducing the risk associated with dangerous people,
  2. Stopping and discouraging crime
  3. Compensating and restoring victims of crime, and
  4. Rehabilitating criminals.
  5. Carrying out justice swiftly

God system in the old testament did a much better job at all of these things. So, what did God have to say about murder? The penalty for murder in the Old Testament was the death penalty: 

Exodus 21:12 (NIV) Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.

Many times, I hear people say, it is not up to us to kill a person, we should leave it up to God. This is NOT how God wanted it. God specifically gave the responsibility to mankind to administer the death penalty to anyone who committed murder. God gave that responsibility to us; he does not get involved with everyday Government or Police activities (See our post on Should We Obey God or Man?). These are clearly in the realm of responsibility of mankind as is stated in this verse:

Genesis 9:6 (KJV) Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

The sixth commandment in the King James Version reads “thou shall not kill.” I’ve heard people repeat this verse many times as justification against the death penalty. This is why some Christians call themselves passivists. Unfortunately, that is a mistranslation of the King James and most other Bible translation render this verse in this way: 

Exodus 20:13 (NASB) You shall not murder.

The Hebrew word used in both versions is “Râṣaḥ,” and the first definition of this word is “to murder, slay,” from Strong’s Bible Concordance. It does not make sense, on one hand, for God to say we are responsible to put murderers to death; and on the other hand, that we should not kill.

It is the requirement of a godly society to protect its citizens, and the death penalty is one of the main requirements to accomplish this. It protects a country’s citizens from the most dangerous people in society. Of course, you would not place a murderer in a ‘voluntary servanthood’ situation since it does would not protect the people he or she was serving. That person is to be killed.

Exodus 21:22-23 (NIV) 22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,

Now this is very important to point out that this is the ONLY place in the Bible where, if you kill someone by accident (the unborn baby), then you are responsible to pay with your life.  In this way, this taught people to be very careful when they were around pregnant women and the incredible value of a human life.

If we have 100,000 laws, does that make us safer as a society? Does this do any good for society, no. More laws do not change behavior, only two things change behavior, the Bible or the Bayonet.

 Robert Winthrop (1809-1894), in 1849:

All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less…stringent State Government, the more…individual self-government. The less…public law or physical force, the more…private moral restraint. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within…or by a power without…either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or the bayonet.

God’s laws are harsh on criminals. America’s laws are harsh on victims of crime. If Christians don’t impose God’s laws on non-Christians, then non-Christians will impose their laws on Christians. That is exactly what has happened in today’s society.

One last important point is this. Criminal and Civil law cases today take an inordinate amount of time and money. This only benefits lawyers and large corporations. Lawfare, the process of suing or charging someone unjustly for something they are obviously non guilty of, is swiftly becoming the most powerful tool to exact revenge on others. It is turning our country into a communist country where those in power can just charge or sue others for anything they dream of to drain the time and resources of their opponents.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NIV) When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.

This is exactly what is going on in this country today. Sentences are not being carrying out quickly and the criminal minds are filled with evil. There is little deterrent for crime when criminals are released so quickly before trial, and the trials and sentences take years to be administered. God has a better way.

If God’s will is going to be done, someone has to be willing to do it. From the biblical perspective, the doing of God’s Word is a privilege. Let’s all join in and bravely do His will.

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[1] https://joehoft.com/underdog-report-modern-law-and-the-bible-part-1-risk-responsibility-restitution-rehabilitation/

[2] https://joehoft.com/underdog-report-modern-law-and-the-bible-part-2-risk-responsibility-restitution-rehabilitation/

[3] https://joehoft.com/the-underdog-report-modern-law-and-the-bible-part-3-building-codes-and-the-bible/

[4] https://joehoft.com/underdog-report-modern-law-and-the-bible-part-4-voluntary-slavery-better-than-prison/

[5] https://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2021/10/25/new-proof-that-police-use-civil-forfeiture-to-take-from-those-who-cant-fight-back/

[6] “God Lets it Happen.” In the Old Testament, God took onto himself the blame for the bad thing that would happen to people. He became the voluntary “Scapegoat.” Mankind did not have the ability to deal with the devil, so God made laws to protect His people. It was not until the Holy Spirit was sent could mankind understand and deal with the devil. If you had a 2-year-old that was sticking a screwdriver into an electrical outlet, you would not explain electricity and the dangers of it to the toddler. You would most likely say, “Don’t do that.” And take the tool away from them. In the same way, God took upon himself the blame of what the devil did since, without the Holy Spirit, people cannot adequately defend themselves from the devil.

[7] https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/what-were-the-cities-of-refuge-in-the-bible.html

[8] https://scripturalthinking.com/cities-of-refuge/

[9] https://www.statista.com/statistics/195331/number-of-murders-in-the-us-by-state/

[10] https://www.prisonscholars.org/what-we-do/222-2/

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