The world often cries for justice, and yet reproaches those who judge others and say the Christian message should be all love and tolerance. Support for capital punishment is low, for example, and those who support capital punishment (precisely because they value human life) are criticized for being overly harsh. The bible has something to say in this regard, in today's readings in Numbers 35.
The biblical approach to justice is often caricatured as being captured by the line an 'eye for an eye,' but the truth is more complex. That is a limitation, a call for proportionate justice. While the world thinks it is compassionate, sometimes the world is harsher than required in the application of 'justice.'
In Numbers, we see more of that. The call here is for those who commit murder by accident - pushing someone who falls and dies, etc - to be given exile. This is contrasted against those who deliberately murder. Their punishment is their own death (but never on the evidence of a single witness).
So the bible is in this regard more compassionate than the world? Just saying...
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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