Law and Justice

Beccca Weasley
Mind Map by Beccca Weasley, updated more than 1 year ago
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GCSE R.S. Mind Map on Law and Justice, created by Beccca Weasley on 05/09/2015.

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Law and Justice
  1. Justice is the idea of each person getting what they deserve, and of maintaining what's right. In the context of the law this means making sure the guilty are suitably punished and that the innocent are protected.
    1. The courts decide whether or not someone is guilty of committing a crime, and what punishment they should face if they are guilty.
    2. Differect countries and religions favour different types of punishment. In general the punishments given in scripture are fines, corporal punishment or capital punishment.
      1. Christianity, Judaism and Islam all teach that God has commanded us to follow all laws. But some religious believers think that the religious law is more important than the law of the land.
        1. Christians believe that justice is very important since we are all equal in the eyes of God.
          1. Christians have a duty to look after other people and to try and guide them to do whats right and repent of their sins.
          2. Jesus taught that people shouldn't seek revenge when wronged, they should "turn the other cheek". This does not mean be submissive victims - just that responses shhould be based on the principles of love and forgiveness.
            1. For example, if someone commits a crime, a constructive punishment could be given to help them reform.
              1. However, this verse from the Old Testament puts more emphasis on on the retribution aspect of punishment.
                1. "If anyone injures his neighbour... eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. As he has injured the other so he is to be injured." Leviticus 24:19-20
              2. Jesus also taught that judgement belongs to God:
                1. "Do not judge, or you to will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:1-2
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