Torture : Why Christians Favor

Torture : Why Christians Favor : opinion that counts |  Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • …a web graphic published April 29 by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, has generated a great deal of attention and interest. It shows that currently, more than six-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (62%) say that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can be often or sometimes justified. Pew Research Center

Torture & Christians

Actually, Christians do not favor torture and those who believe the Bible justifies it are straining on gnats and swallowing camels.1

Cutting to the quick, Jesus, the cornerstone of the Bible condemned torture rather succinctly when He declared as, and for, God, Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31).

False, or, immature Christians may believe in torture, but not holy Christians.


The non-spiritual religious favor torture because in self-righteousness they falsely believe they are right with God. And falsely thinking themselves blessed by God any position, any opinion and any possible damage to themselves are a justification to strike back.

Reform School

As one moves through the Bible, you can see God attempting to redeem man from this self-righteousness. Like the headmaster at a reform school, you have to start with 10 Commandments while letting other things slide until the bullies have been reformed.

Once Jesus enters the world great reforms had taken place and it was time to push for greater righteousness. Here is but one example of Jesus’ reform school lessons and you can spot it when He says, “But I tell you…”

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca, ‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matthew 5:21-22)

At one time it was eye-for-eye, but now it is one must treat others as they desire to be treated. And I certainly doubt you would want to be tortured.

Only God is qualified, holy enough to torture and you had better hope you are not assigned such jailers by the living God for being in favor of torture.

He who believes in torture, the unloving and self-righteous, will one day be judged according to their words.2

In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:34-35)

The point here is not the issue of torture. It is the self-righteousness oozing from those who claim to be Christian but have never experienced the humility that comes from being crucified with Christ. Those self-righteous Christians who give Jesus a bad name by believing in torture.3

Timothy Williams |