One of the courses I am taking this semester is Educational Psychology. The professor I have is a really cool and fun older woman. She makes class exciting but there are some things that she says that I just do not agree with. For instance, she states that the frontal lobe is the area in the brain responsible for distinguishing between right and wrong. It is like a moral compass. According to her, research has shown that the frontal lobe is not fully developed until age 25. Thus, some states are considering banning the death sentence until after. In other words, if someone commits murder and they are 22 years old then they can not be fully responsible for their actions. It's not their fault that their frontal lobe wasn't fully developed.
As a Christian I have to disagree. Sin is sin. There's no way around it. You know when you do something wrong because you "feel" it and once you accept Jesus as your savior, the Holy Spirit convicts you of any wrong doing. I am not in any way, shape or form condoning the death sentence, I am however saying that someone who chooses to sin will have to pay the consequences. This is a biblical principle (You reap what you sow).
It's scary though to think how many students in this graduate course are taking notes down and are probably taking her word as the truth. That's why it's so important to test everything against scripture and if it violates or conflicts with God's word then we know that something is off. Oftentimes, it is the most intellectual that have the hardest time believing that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God; they cannot logically understand how it can be so simple to get to heaven. All that we need to accept Jesus as our Savior is faith. Too simple for some but I guarantee that no one who ever accepted Jesus as their Savior ever regretted that decision.