• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain some of the main beliefs that Christians have about Forgiveness/ Reconciliation and Justice.

Extracts from this document...


RE COURSEWORK 1 JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION Kerry Teesdale Christ the King Catholic High School RE COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT 1 JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION Skill AO1- knowledge about beliefs Explain some of the main beliefs that Christians have about Forgiveness/ Reconciliation and Justice In Christianity there is a lot of emphasis on forgiveness, however this does not rule out the teaching of justice. Justice can be defined as different situations which are handled or solved in a morally right or fair way. It is also the quality of being reasonable. Forgiveness can be defined as the power to forget someone's sin and to stop being angry with a person who has done wrong. The belief of Christianity is that we can all forgive one-another as God forgives all our sins (by reconciliation). Jesus' death was an extremely relevant lesson of forgiveness. "Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing" said by Jesus moments before dying. This gives an example of how we can forgive, if Jesus forgave the Romans for mocking and humiliating him and most importantly for nailing him to the cross. There are two separate teachings of the bible, each come from the New Testament and the other from the Old Testament. ...read more.


Some crimes are minor, for example speeding and various crimes can be serious such as murder. Because of this variety in the severity of crimes, the punishments for committing them also vary in accordance with the severity. The most common forms of punishments for breaking the law are attendance centres, community service, probation, fines, imprisonment and capital (corporal) punishment. Only the most shocking crimes that have been committed, sometimes call for the death penalty. Some people would disagree with the death penalty as it is unjust and unfair because the criminal does not suffer for what they have done or learn that it was wrong. Or get reformed. Although the reasons people agree with the use of capital punishment are because it prevents the offender from causing more harm to the community and from breaking any further laws. Capital punishment often discourages members of the public from doing any serious crimes as they realise some of the gruesome forms that can be used in capital punishment. In my opinion, in a Christian Society capital punishment would not be a suitable method of punishing because God made this Earth, he made the life in it too. To destroy a human life through capital punishment would be the wrong thing to do; it would be destroying a part of something God created- a human life. ...read more.


Although it would be wonderful if we could impose our religion on all of society, I believe it is impossible. I believe there would be no such thing as a truly Christian society because we now live in a multicultural society. Many people are too drawn into their own religion to be converted to Christianity and others like atheists have no interest in believing in things that they can't see, like God for example. We are as human beings all unique, in that we are able to make our own choices. Since the beginning of the human race it has been necessary to make laws and codes. Laws are the foundation of society, without them life would be chaotic. We have these laws because of the small amount of people that disobey the laws and threaten the stability of society. With these laws come punishments which are necessary. Human beings are quite complicated and so is the world we live in. In the Old and New Testaments things were very different. Life then was much simpler and the laws given then reflect this. One law from the bible for example was "thou shall not commit adultery". My overall conclusion is there could never be a truly Christian Society. There will also be crimes because people will always have the free will of choosing what they want to do. Kerry Teesdale ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Capital Punishment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Capital Punishment essays

  1. The Impact of the Black Death on the Christian Faith

    Pope Philip VI requested of the University of Paris' medical faculty to report and make clear what the cause of the affliction that seemed to threaten to eradicate human existence actually was. They came up with the theory that the Black Death was due to a "triple conjunction of Saturn,

  2. In This Essay I will explain Buddhists and Christians views on life after death. ...

    a good life they will come back as another high life form or even escape reincarnation. Other people may argue that religious people could fear death as they may be judged as living a bad life, but if the followed their religion they should have lived a good life anyway!

  1. Capital Punishment: Justice for All?

    These oral laws were first transcribed around 200 C.E. in the Mishnah (a Jewish archive) and later around 550 CE in the Talmud (the Jewish legislation record). These laws clearly state that the death penalty was only to be used in extremely rare cases.

  2. Analyse the philosophical principles of at least one ethical theory and evaluate its application ...

    In some cases, proportional punishment would be impossible, no matter what the mores of society. How could we punish Hitler? At this point, the principle of retribution and proportional punishment breaks down. This need not mean giving up a principle of just punishment, but it would be silly to advocate

  1. Is an eye for an eye a legal remedy in the 21st century?

    He is primarily remembered for his codification of the laws governing Babylonian life. Hammurabi, Code of.' "Hammurabi", Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopaedia vii Extracts taken from the 'History of Punishment' Lewis Lyons viii Code of Hammurabi, 25 ix Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted-1948)

  2. Justice and Forgiveness.

    Christians believe that some criminals were forced to commit the crimes they did because they were brought up that way or they might be drug addicts and so Christians want to understand the causes of their crimes and help them reform so they can lead a better life.

  1. The albatross is described to be "a Christian soul" and it was acclaimed at ...

    When the mariner killed the albatross, he killed a part of God as well. The killing can be seen to be parallel to a murder in many aspects. A "murder" is usually the killing of a human while a "killing" has connotations that link it to the death of animals and creatures.

  2. The three main theories that will be discussed in this essay will stem from ...

    bought me a left shoe, a right shoe and a pair of shoes'. This is what Ryle would call the dogma of the ghost in the machine. He said: "When two terms belong to the same category, it is proper to construct conjunctive propositions embodying them" Hard materialists have solid

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work