Justice:Restoration or Retribution

Justice:Restoration or Retribution

What biblical principles can guide us in dealing with those who break the law?
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Overview

Why do we send criminals to jail? Is it simply to punish them? Should there be a higher goal for our criminal justice system? In the Christianity Today article included with this study, theologian and ethicist Lewis Smedes attempts to answer that question. And we take a closer look at Scripture for guidance.

Table of Contents

LEADER'S GUIDE

• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: We need a biblical basis for justice.

Teaching point two: Ideally, the aim of justice should be reformation of the person.

• Apply Your Findings

HANDOUT FOR FURTHER STUDY

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

Good Question: How to Deal with Criminals, by Lewis Smedes (July 8, 2002)

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