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Explain why religious people might find it right to break the law.

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Crime and Punishment Essay ? Explain why religious people might find it right to break the law. (5 marks) Christians say that everyone should be treated equally. Jesus said, "Love your neighbour as yourself". This meant that everyone should be treated equally. If there was a law in a country that did not treat people equally then some Christians would find it acceptable to break the law as they believe that they law was not fair to some people. Christians believe in the law of love and would not go by a rule that was unjust to anyone. An example of this is when Martin Luther King broke the law in a peaceful way because he felt the law was unfair towards black people and that they had a lack of civil rights. This was an example of how the government was not treating people equally. Hindus have two kinds of law. One is the law of the government and the other is the law of Dharma. ...read more.

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There also used to be the death penalty but most Christians are against it, as they believe that if you kill the criminal you should also be killed as you have murdered, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth". Christians also believe in forgiving people so would be against capital punishment, as you are not forgiving the person or letting him or her to reform. Jesus said, "You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbour and hate your enemy, but I say to you Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:43-44) Hindus find criminal behaviour as an act against Dharma and the criminal should be punished for his behaviour. Hindus believe that the punishment given to the criminal should be appropriate to the crime committed. Even though Hindus believe in Ahimsa they find it acceptable to punish people as they see the punishment as part of the criminal's karma. ...read more.

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punishment rather than a man who killed his wife and then tried to kill himself because he had no passport to stay in the country where his family were and wanted his two young children to have a better education and life in the country. I feel that this would not be worthy of capital punishment - maybe a few years in prison. Being in a prison for your whole life would be very hard and you would have to have a strong mind and will to stay sane in there. It would also be hard for the offender's family to go see him or her too and the friends of the family would look down on the family. It would be hard for everyone but I feel it could be better than loosing the person forever and knowing that they may have had a chance to reform. As a Hindu I believe that it is better to suffer in this life so that if you get through the suffering, you will be rewarded in your next life. ...read more.

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