Punishment must fit the crime

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Exodus 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 

This is one of the most maligned verses in the Bible. People are horrified that someone would say that there would be an eye for an eye, but reading the Bible should encourage you. You see an eye for an eye is reasonable. If a person takes an eye, they do not get the death penalty. If they knock your tooth out, they will only suffer a punishment commiserated with the crime. This was a reasonable and fair judgment.

Even today, our workman comp laws use this basic premise. If you lose a hand, then you are compensated for their esteemed value of a hand. The person would be compensated what was reasonable.

If you want to find fault with the Bible, you will, but this isn’t the place to do so. You can’t cut off someone’s foot and not expect to suffer a punishment equal to your crime, now can you? What a God and what a Bible that would have reasonable laws before man even thought of being balanced and fair.

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