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Explain what Christians believe about justice and forgiveness

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Explain what Christians believe about justice and forgiveness In order to consider Christian beliefs relating to justice, it is first necessary to understand the meaning of justice. Justice means being concerned with what is right or fair. In addition, there should be equality of treatment and the law judged and applied impartially, Deuteronomy 1:16-18. Christians believe that our relationships with others should be based on what is just and in turn this is based on the belief in a just God and in the teachings and actions of Jesus. God brought the world into existence not for chaos, but for order. In the sphere of human behaviour, order is preserved by customs and laws. However, the law must be constantly checked and updated for fairness. Respect for justice may require that particular laws are vigorously contested and reformed. ...read more.


Some believe it's objective is protection. Imprisonment keeps criminals away from the opportunity of crime and so protects society. For others, punishment will include an element of retribution as supported by the Old Testament teaching, "an eye for an eye". Yet in Matthew 5:38-48, Jesus challenged this and was radical in how he felt people should be treated. Again in Matthew 7:1-5, Christians are warned not to be too hasty in judgement. One of the aims of punishment could be deterrence against committing crime. Another possible objective could be vindication - that is, people must be punished so that the laws will be respected. However, for Christians, the main aim of punishment is not primarily any of these - it is for the purpose of reform and rehabilitation of the offender. ...read more.


Jesus was very critical of those who were quick to judge others' crime while ignoring their own. In Matthew 7:1 we are told: " Pass no judgement and you will not be judged". These texts suggest that for Jesus, punishment was not important , but reforming and forgiving is vital. Christian faith holds forgiveness as a central value. In Luke 23:26-43 as Jesus hangs on the cross, taunted by the soldiers and the thieves, he calls to God; "father forgive them for they know not what they do". The parable of The Lost Son in Luke 15:11-31 is based on the theme of forgiveness. As we have seen, we learn on many occasions through the teachings of the Old and New Testaments, that the notion of justice and forgiveness are key elements to Christianity. It would appear from these examples that forgiveness si the essence of Jesus' message to us. ...read more.

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