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  • forgiveness
    • Islam
      • punishment satisfies the demands of society and the person who has been wronged - reinforces requirements islam lays down how to behave in a way that is pleasing to God - doesn't include forgiveness
      • forgiveness from God - will only truly forgive those who are truly sorry and intend to follow the faith properly in the future - in line with compassionate and merciful nature of god
        • no limit to god's forgiveness
        • "god is most forgiving and merciful"
      • Forgiveness from humans - way to establish goodness over evil. humans should forgive those who ask for forgiveness
        • "pardon each other's faults and [God] will grand you an honour"
      • in April 2014 - Alinejad - mother of Bilal, showed forgiveness just as her son's murderer - Abdollah - was about to be hanged
        • "i feel that vengeance has left my heart"
    • Christianity
      • forgiveness is a core belief in Christianity and one that Jesus emphasised in his teachings
        • individual Christians are expected to forgive others, regardless of what they have done, and in turn god will forgive them
          • lord's prayer "forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us"
        • jesus told peter to forgive "not seven times, but seventy-seven times"
          • just as there is no limit to the amount of love God shows to them, there can be no limit to forgiveness
        • Jesus said to those crucifying him "father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing"
        • Christians believe they should follow the example of Jesus and forgive - forgiveness is easier if the offender shows a serious intention to repent - which is why many christians believe reformation should be the primary aim of punishment
      • Many christians would argue that forgiveness is not a replacement for punishment - it is possible to forgive and punish a person for justice
        • the intention of the punishment should be to reform the murderer
      • north east prison after care society - NEPACS - based on principles of forgiveness and reformation of prisoners - supported by many Christians by donating, helping, volunteering


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