Essay on The Testament Of The Holy Bible

1217 Words Dec 5th, 2014 5 Pages
In the nineteenth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, the principle of “an eye for an eye” had established among the Israelites that any crime committed was not to go unnoticed and that the following punishment for the criminal was to be equivalent in severity to the crime itself, which they figured to be only firm and just as the criminal received a punishment adequate for his crime (Deuteronomy 19.21). Since the formation of complex, advanced societies by man up to the present day, people have always continuously argued over what constitutes a just punishment and if should be equivalent to, or even resemble in some cases, the crime committed. Although some people may not agree otherwise, the principle of “an eye for an eye” is nonetheless, contrary to what the Old Testament of the Holy Bible implies, definitely not a good basis for determining an appropriate punishment as it is not plausible for most offenses. One argument against using the principle of “an eye for an eye” in coming up with a just punishment for a given crime is that the resulting punishment can be overly extreme for a particular crime. For instance, in 2011, although Iranian officials had backed the harsh retaliatory sentence imposed on a man who threw acid at a woman that rejected his numerous advances in which he was to endure the same treatment himself, it had been postponed due to concerns by human rights activists that it was a cruel and “inhumane sentence”…

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