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An example of a serious crime is murder. "You must obey the authorities, not just because of God's punishment but also as a matter of conscience." Romans 13:5 Peace is that calmness or security, which is established by order and harmony. To have peace within a society, there must be laws and regulations, which exist to establish that harmony to bring, maintain and promote peace. Laws are those principles, which human beings living in society have learned from experience to be essential for the survival and prosperity of the society; without laws, society would dissolve into chaos. One way in which a state promotes law and order is through the punishment of crime. A crime is an offence against a law of the state and a punishment is a suffering inflicted on a person because of a crime, which this person has committed. Murder is a serious crime and can also be considered as a mortal sin. The individual has turned completely away from the teachings of Christ and has acted against the will and laws of God. ...read more.


Many Christians would say that the commandment "You shall not kill" applies equally to the state. It does not allow for reform and they point to the fact that many innocent people have been found guilty but later proved to be innocent. In the case of terrorists, the death penalty might even encourage people as it makes the executed offender a martyr. Christians would argue that it makes the executioner a murderer and two wrongs do not make a right. "Stop judging that you may not judged; for with what judgment you are judging, you will be judged." Matthew 7:1-2 When we "criticize" people we "judge" them and we "judge" them in the light of certain laws and regulations. We decide that they have not followed this or that accepted way of behaving. What Jesus is teaching in the present part of the Sermon on the Mount is that the disciples should see those principles of behaviour as applying to their own individual lives and not apply them to the lives of others. ...read more.


Matthew 5:23-24 In a similar way, those who are affected by the actions of the murderer should "forgive and forget" once the criminal is punished and should not seek revenge and be tempted to retaliate and to respond with the same kind of violence as the offence. Jesus accepts the "old" commandment but teaches that morally speaking, there is something just as bad as actually killing and that is the bad attitude, which people can have towards one another. In the parable of the unforgiving servant... "...You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and you should not have had mercy on you fellow servant..." Matthew 18:32-33 Jesus is preaching that his followers must forgive their brothers from their hearts without any limit to this forgiveness. This is because God will always forgive you. It is clear to see that if a person is to expect forgiveness then they too must also forgive others. The parable illustrates that the man who owed a great deal did not cancel the debt of the man who owed a relatively little. This parable also shows that justice must be shown if justice is to be received. ...read more.

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