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Explain Christian beliefs about justice forgiveness and reconciliation In order to explain the Christian viewpoint in relation to justice forgiveness and reconciliation it is necessary to define these terms in their broader and more secular perspective This will then help to clarify the particular Christian position in this respect Therefore in order to properly consider what is meant by the term justice a logical if not basic first step is to look up the term in a dictionary Here it is defined as the quality of being just rightness fairness to treat someone in a fair way It is often thought of as the foundation of the judicial system and that it can be achieved by recourse to law Similarly the term forgiveness is defined in the dictionary as ceasing to blame or hold resentment against remit or pardon It is the willingness to abandon ones right to resentment and negative judgment towards a person who has unjustly injured us whilst fostering the undeserved qualities of compassion generosity and even love towards him or her Finally reconciliation is defined as to re-establish friendship between to settle or resolve as in a dispute to make consistent or compatible Simply it refers to the process of changing something thoroughly and adjusting it to something else that is a standard With this in mind we are now able to look at each term in turn with reference to the basis of Christian teaching as found in scripture Referring to the term of justice we are encouraged to be just and righteous through the Prophet Amos saying let justice roll down like waters and righteousness Amos 5 24 However Christians are not only encouraged to be just through implementing what they themselves determine to be justice but are helped to understand its full implication elsewhere in scripture This is beautifully summarised in Matthew 7 12 which is known as the Golden Rule Here it is stated
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