Retribution and revenge have long been methods to suppress and prevent the spoken word from being heard. Even the threats of retribution are many times enough to stop actions from occurring. We see such actions in politics everyday as one nation will thinly veil a threat that brings economic pain to another. This is not new. We see retribution coming in the form of legal consequences due to some crime where the punishment should fit the crime. This too is not new since it is based upon laws and justice, the result providing some sort of comfort to the victim of the crime. We can go back to the bible and Deuteronomy 19:17-21 or Exodus 21:23-21:27 where punishments for crimes include an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. All such retribution and revenge is based upon some sort of law embedded with a moral code.
- The Death Penalty and Why the Arizona Murders Should Trouble Christians (censorshipinamerica.com)