frrostedman wrote:an eye for an eye applied to everyone, is the only way to go. Christ expects the Christian family to rise above all that and just forgive straight away.
My rationale is that criminals should be sequestered in prison for their crimes after they are forgiven not as punishment, but as a method to protect society from them. I am also against capital punishment as well as all punishment. I do not accept all Christian doctrine but the spirit of forgiveness and Matt 5:39 I do try to live. You can't simultaneously forgive someone and punish them; that's no way to teach.
This seems though to be connected to the spiritual war you mentioned. The root cause of crime is suffering, in my opinion. Suffering is a great threat to peace and love, perhaps the greatest threat. But if one is conditioned to accept suffering as a teacher, how in the hell can a person unlearn that and learn how to cope with life and not suffer so much, especially with all of the inequities present in society?
I can't see a world in which anything happens that isn't according to the plan. I just hope that the plan allows for something to give people a little hope themselves and ease their suffering, allowing them to feel and live peace and love.
Eventually, the system in which people's hands are cut off and eyes are plucked out for crimes they commit against their neighbor will completely fall apart because it perpetuates the root cause of crime. Jesus' wisdom in Matt 5:39 is expressed in act that endeavors to curtail suffering rather than promote it.