Christian Attitudes to Crime and Punishment
Christianity teaches that the laws of a country should be followed unless they are unjust. The Ten Commandments are reflected in the laws of the UK. St Paul taught that the state should be obeyed because God has given permission for it to exist. For Christians, law breaking means they are committing sins as well as crimes. This could affect them in the afterlife because they believe they will be judged by God. In Roman Catholic Christianity there is also the belief in purgatory. This is a place of suffering and torture where souls must be cleansed before they can enter heaven.
· ‘Love thy…