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Justice and Forgiveness.

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Justice and Forgiveness Christians follow simple guidelines to help them get through some of life's problems. One of the most important is to "love your enemy", which Jesus taught in " Sermon on the Mount", that way you learn to forgive people for doing any wrong to you. Christians take these teachings very seriously, because Jesus taught it to them and they believe that if they don't forgive others, then God will not forgive them. That's kike in a parable of "The Unmerciful Servant", the king forgave his servant but when he found out that he was being unforgiving to another servant he threw him in prison. It isn't very easy to follow the rules even for a Christian because if someone does something horrible to you, you would want to return the insult and hurt them. If they find it hard to forgive they often pray to God to give them strength to do it. An example of a Christian who has lived out Jesus' teachings and forgiveness and love of enemy is Corrie Ten Boom, when she forgave the people who killed her sister and an ex-guard at the concentration camp during the Second World War. ...read more.

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Capital Crime and Punishment I consider murder to be the worst crime a person can do because they're practically playing God. They are taking away lives that don't belong to them and so some Christians would argue that the only fitting punishment could be taking away their life. Other Christians say that capital punishment is too cruel, unfair and fails to deter crime or improve public safety, so what is the point of killing a person and having another death on your hands if it doesn't do any good anyway. Punishment for Christians is supposed to be for the reformation of the wrongdoer but capital punishment fails to meet these needs. Jesus taught that we should turn the other cheek and love our enemies so capital punishment is revenge. Christians who oppose the death penalty argue that the way in which the death penalty is applied is discriminatory to a lot of people. There is a different standard if you are poor or if you are rich as the quality of your lawyer is a better predictor of whether or not you'll be sentenced to death. The quality of your lawyer depends on how much you are able to pay him/her, which all comes down to how rich or poor you are. ...read more.

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Christians who support the death penalty argue that God has commanded execution for a crime as bad as murder. In the Old Testament Genesis 9:6 God says "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image", which shows that God wants the murderer to pay with his life for his crime. However, in Ezekiel 18:23 it says " Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live." This shows that God would prefer the sinner to live and reform. If the Christians get confused by the old teachings they look for guidance in the New Testament, where Jesus shows mercy on the woman that committed adultery and gives her the chance to reform, when other people want to stone her to death. Also Paul in Romans 13:4 said " If you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain, he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer", this shows that only God or a sinless person can carry out the execution because if you have committed a crime in the past you have no right to judge another person. That is why most Christians don't believe in capital punishment but reformation. ...read more.

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