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Christian Views on Reconciliation and Forgiveness

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War and Peace The Churches teaches that 'Justice towards men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish the rights in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good'. The Churches also says ' Masters treat your slaves justly, knowing that you too have a master in heaven'. From this we can see that Jesus wants us to treat each person fairly and with justice and respect. Jesus never made distinctions between people we can see this in the story of the Mary Magdaline. The Catholic Catechism also states the ' you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in the righteousness shall judge your neighbour'. This means that the rich and powerful should not receive special treatment and in the eyes of God we are all equal. The teaching of the Catholic Church is based on the words and actions of Jesus Christ and other pieces of writing in the Bible. ...read more.

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John the Baptist preached ' Baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins' Jesus made it clear that his own coming fulfilled this. In the parable of the unforgiving servant Jesus highlights the need for forgiveness, we must be prepared to forgive our fellow brothers and sisters as many times need be, and in return we will be forgiven. From the parable of the lost sheep we can see that even though we stray from the teaching of Jesus and become lost we can still be saved, God receives the sinner after they have shown heartfelt contrition. Also we can see from the parable of the unforgiving son that by the sinner expressing sorrow at their own sinfulness as the younger son does the response of the father (who symbolises god) is to welcome his returning son home without any reservations. Even when Jesus himself was being crucified he said "father forgive them they do not know what the do." This shows that whatever the circumstances god is ready to forgive and show compassion. ...read more.

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Jesus came on Earth to bring freedom and liberation, harmony and peace. He made no distinctions between the rich and poor, weak or strong, Jew or Gentile. In the parable of the Sheep and Goats it is clear that it is by our actions that we are judged. Simply being born Christian does not entitle us to external life we must earn it. Those condemned did nothing wrong but by refusing to recognise Christ in their fellow human beings they turned their backs on Jesus. The story of the Centurion's servant shows the strength of Jesus' compassion. He felt sympathy for the Roman officer and was impressed by his faith and his devotion to his servant. Here was a man who, although was not Jewish himself, he recognised Jesus as the Son of God and was convinced that one word from Jesus would cure his beloved servant and friend. During the sacrament of the Eucharist we still use the words of the centurion ' I am not worthy...' Statements of faith like these bring us closer to knowing Jesus. In this story Jesus has a strong message for us . ...read more.

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