The question as to whether or not it is morally acceptable for the state to execute people, and if so under what circumstances, has been debated for centuries. For much of history, the Christian Churches accepted that capital punishment was necessary and a regular part of society. Recently, many Christians are arguing against the death penalty because Christianity should support life. The ethical problems involved include the general moral issues of punishment along with the question of whether or not it is morally right to take the life of another. The church stated that God had entrusted the power of life and death to the civil authorities and that using this power doesn’t count as murder, but as obedience to God’s commandments. Due to this, accused heretics would be tortured, jailed, and executed. Research done in the 1990s in the USA found that Protestants (who interpret the Bible to be the literal word of God) were more likely to be in favor of the death penalty than members of other religious factions and denomination. Another reason Protestants are in favor of the death penalty is that it had been stated in the Bible that “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed” (Genesis 9:6).