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Explain Christian Beliefs about Justice, Forgiveness and Reconciliation

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Explain Christian Beliefs about Justice, Forgiveness and Reconciliation - AO1 The foundation of all Christian belief is that God sent His Son to die on the cross for mankind. By doing this, God achieved three things: satisfying His judgement against sin, forgiving the sins of the world, and reconciling man to God. This is why Christians have such specific beliefs about the issues of justice, forgiveness and reconciliation. Christians believe that God is absolutely just. The earliest account of this is a quote by Abraham in Genesis 18:25: "You are the Judge of all the earth. Won't you do what is right?" ...read more.


In the book of Romans, we are told that God has given the government the power to do justice. Romans 13:1-2 states, "All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules without that power from God. So those who are against the government are really against God." We are told in the book of Exodus that justice must be clearly established with witnesses. Exodus 19:15 states, "A case must be proved by two or three witnesses." In Mark 14:57-59, that law is broken during the trial of Jesus in which no two witnesses agreed. ...read more.


It tells of the thief on the cross who asks Jesus for forgiveness, and it is granted to him. This explains that it is never too late ask God to forgive your sins. However, God does not forget those who do not ask for forgiveness. John 8:1-11 relates the account of the woman caught in adultery. She does not ask for forgiveness, but Jesus tells her, "Leave your life of sin." God reconciles sinners to Himself through Jesus and his death. We are told this in Luke 19:1-10, which tell the story of Zaccheaus. It says, "The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them." We are also informed that God no longer holds people accountable for their own sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 explains, "In Christ, God did not hold the world guilty of its sins." ...read more.

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