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Describe Christian Teachings About Punishment and Foregiveness.

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DESCRIBE CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS ABOUT PUNISHMENT AND FOREGIVENESS. Christians would believe in showing forgiveness and compassion to an offender, as this is the message Jesus portrays in his teachings in the New Testament. The ultimate judgement over whether a wrong doing has being committed during a person's life, for Christians, is decided by God. It will be determined upon a person's death if they have lived a life of sin, if so they will reside in hell for eternity. However those people who have followed the laws of God - theonomy - will be rewarded with heaven. People who also are sorry for their sins and reform will be rewarded by God in heaven by seeking forgiveness for their sins and showing repentance, penance, contrition, forgiveness and reconciliation. ...read more.

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The only occasion when Christians would not follow the government's authority is if this contradicts the word of God, "the church must say to worldly rulers, whose laws are at a variance with those of God's 'we had much rather obey God than man'"3 Christians would also believe that people who have committed a crime should be punished with consistency according to others who have committed the same misdeed. Today's media led society is not always fair when issuing punishments, an example of this is Roy Whiting, the murderer of Sarah Payne. Although most murderers do receive a life sentence they get released from prison a long time before they die, however the judge in this case said: "I recommend to the appropriate authorities that you will be kept in prison for the rest of your life". ...read more.

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Retribution is described as repayment for evil done8, however for Christians one sin does not justify another, if a person truly repents their actions then they must be forgiven and compassion should be shown. 1 Luke 23:40-43 2 Romans 13:1 3 Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Partly quoting Acts 4:19. Moral Issues in Six Languages, edited by W. Owen Cole. Page 65. Published in 1991 by Heinemann Educational. ISBN: 0-135-30299-X 4 www.thisisbrightonandhove.co.uk/brighton_hove/sarah_payne_trial/TRIALS.html 5 Said at the 1983 Church of England's General Synod. Moral Issues in Six Languages, edited by W. Owen Cole. Page 64. Published in 1991 by Heinemann Educational. ISBN: 0-135-30299-X 6 Leviticus 7 Romans 12 :17 8 Crime and Punishment, Bernard Hoose. Dialogue Issue 11. ISSN:1367-2592 Leanne Cave 11A ...read more.

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