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The New Testament says that “every transgression and disobedience [in the Old Testament] received a just penalty” (Heb. 2:2). To the degree that we deviate from God’s law, we deviate from justice. Since the Old Testament nowhere shows torture as a just use of civil force, to use it is to deviate from justice and to buy into pragmatism.
- Phillip Kayser, Torture: A Biblical Critique, p. 20, http://biblicalblueprints.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Torture.pdf.