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Justice-Restorative

"Justice does not come through punishment and violence, but through restoration."

   - Derek Flood ; Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross


"Jesus’ entire ministry of healing the sick, caring for the poor, and forgiving sinners can be said to be a demonstration of restorative justice."

   - Derek Flood ; Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross


How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, but now murderers . . . Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

   - Isaiah the seer ; Isaiah 1:21-23


Most of the New Testament was written by a former terrorist who helped to murder numerous Christians.    - Keith Giles ;


"While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.'  Then he fell on his knees and cried out, 'Lord, do not hold this sin against them.' When he had said this, he fell asleep."    - Luke ; Acts 7.59-60  


"He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory."    - Matthew ; Matthew 12:20 


"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."    - Amos ; Amos 5:24 


"The truth about injustice always sounds outrageous."
   - James H. Cone ;


"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”    - Rabbi Tarfon ; The Talmud


"But Jesus insists that he is not coming to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. This word in Greek can mean both fulfilling in the sense of meeting all the law’s requirements, and it can also mean fulfillment in the sense of perfecting or completing something. Looking at what Jesus then immediately proceeds to do, it becomes abundantly clear that he is referring to this sense of perfecting the law, lovingly bringing it into its full intended purpose...that perfecting entailed a complete shift from the system of retributive justice to the system of restorative justice. That is the new law. God’s justice is restorative."    - Derek Flood ; Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross


"The hallmark of [Jesus'] moral teaching—love of enemies—likewise acts to overturn the way of retributive justice with restorative justice."

   - Derek Flood ; Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross


"Before his conversion, Paul had read his Bible and concluded that he should commit violence in God’s name. He was convinced that justice comes through punishment, and saw himself as an agent of that. After his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus, Paul completely reassessed how to understand scripture, leading him to a radically different understanding focused on God’s way of restorative justice in Christ."

   - Derek Flood ; Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross


"In other words, Paul’s great sin, as he came to see it, had been participation in what he understood as religiously justified acts of violence motivated by religious zeal. His conversion was a conversion away from the religiously justified violence he had formally embraced. It was not a rejection of his Jewish faith (Paul continued to regard himself as a faithful Jew), rather it was a recognition that his former embrace of violence in God’s name was not in fact an act of faithfulness, but a grave sin."

   - Derek Flood ; Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross


"The Greek word for punishment is kolasis, which was not originally an ethical word at all. It originally meant the pruning of trees to make them grow better. I think it is true to say that in all Greek secular literature kolasis is never used of anything but remedial punishment. The word for eternal is aionios. It means more than everlasting, for Plato - who may have invented the word - plainly says that a thing may be everlasting and still not be aionios. The simplest way to out it is that aionios cannot be used properly of anyone but God; it is the word uniquely, as Plato saw it, of God. Eternal punishment is then literally that kind of remedial punishment which it befits God to give and which only God can give."    - William Barclay ; Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at Glasgow University and the author of many Biblical commentaries and books, including a translation of the New Testament, "Barclay New Testament," and "The Daily Study Bible Series."


"Equity must be combined with restoration and healing lest it quickly deteriorate into punitive retribution."    - Herb Montgomery ; Facebook Post; October 17, 2013


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