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Explain why justice is important to Christians
Justice is important to society as a whole, because without justice the weak would suffer, so
therefore it is vital for a civilised society. Justice plays a large part in Christianity, and injustice is
regarded as a sin. This is for various reasons, a main one being that God is just so therefore he
expects his people to treat each other in the same way. Those who are not just during their life will
pay the price on judgement day.
Another main reason why justice is pivotal to Christianity is because Jesus' teachings were linked to
justice. He taught his followers that retribution wasn't the best way, contrary to what it says in the
book of Exodus in the Old Testament: `the punishment shall be life for life, an eye for an eye.'
However, in the Old Testament, once the punishment was given, it had to stop and long running
disputes were perceived unjust.
Jesus told his followers love should overcome retribution, and forgiveness was better than exacting.
In Matthew 5:38-39 it says `You have heard it was said `an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the left cheek, turn to them the
other cheek also.' This is telling people that if someone wrongs them, they should not retaliate.
Also, Christians believe all people are equal and a way in which we can show that is by helping the
poor be more equal. This is shown by the parable of the sheep and the goats. Plus, Jesus taught
people to share their wealth with those who have nothing. This has lead to Christians campaigning
against poverty is less economically developed countries, example are `Make Poverty History' and
`Drop the Debt.' The Bible passage Isaiah 58 v6-10 tells Christians they need to look for peaceful
solutions for conflicts-we should seek justice, feed the hungry and release the oppressed.
Furthermore, there are numerous Christian leaders from the modern world who campaign for justice,
such as Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. For example Martin Luther said `Human
progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice,
suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.'
These people are role models for Christians, and they should follow their examples.
Overall, there are numerous reasons why justice is important to Christians, including Bible quotes,