- Aug 10, 2015
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Christian forgiveness and secular punishment aren't related.
If someone rapes and murders my wife (it doesn't matter whether they are 14 or 44), I have the right (and, as a Christian, the duty) to forgive. But that doesn't mean society loses the right to protection in case they decide to figure that I was daft enough to let them off so they can go and do it again.
This is true. Even when people are forgiven, they still need to face consequences for what they did. Zaccheus was forgiven, but he still had to pay back restitution to those he stole from, and pay punitive damages as well.