Resolving Conflict - Christianity.

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Fiona Clarke 11TJC. Resolving Conflict. Page 1.

Some Christians believe that Capital Punishment is right. They believe that people should get punished for what they have done to someone else e.g. if they have killed someone they should be killed as well. In the bible this principle is described as "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." Although this theory seems fair it wont solve any problems because whoever was murdered wont be able to come back alive once they have killed the person that did it so there isn't much point.

This theory could also be good because why should they get away with murder while the family that has lost a member has to suffer?

There are many reasons why people want to commit a crime. Some people are greedy and want more than they already have but don't want to pay for it. E.g. they want a piece of jewellery but they can't afford it or they just don't want to pay for it so they take it without paying. Another reason could be that they want more money for drugs so the only way they can get it is if they steal it or sell stolen goods.

Jesus taught us that hurting other people is wrong. He told his disciples that if anyone slaps you on the right cheek tell him or her to slap your left cheek too.
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To pay the criminals back for what they have done could be quite hard to do. We sometimes know this as the principle of retribution. This means that if a person does something wrong he or she must pay the penalty that should fit the crime.

The principle of retribution is one of the main arguments used by those who want to bring back capital punishment. Christians believe that if you take someone's life you should forfeit your own. In the Old Testament there is a sentence that totally agrees that point of view. "Whoever sheds the ...

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