Full of Grace

23 Aug

In Saudi Arabia there is a court case currently unfolding that I think most Americans would find shocking.  A man who got in a fight, which led to the other man becoming paralyzed, could face paralysis as his punishment.  If the court rules so, then he will undergo surgery to sever his spinal cord and be left a cripple like the man he fought.

Seem a bit crazy? It goes along with the expression “an eye for an eye.”  This is seen as an acceptable punishment in Saudi Arabia who largely follow the Koran.  The Koran and the old testament of the Bible both state that an “eye for an eye” can be lawful punishment (see Exodus 21:23).

The teachings of the new testament, however, state that this is no longer law.

“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.  If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.  If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Matthew 5:38-41

So the new testament urges us to show grace to others.  What is grace? It is receiving what you don’t deserve. It is showing others mercy or favor when they don’t deserve it.  It is what I am thankful for every day because God showed me grace even though I was completely undeserving.

Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:9

It is something that can’t be worked for or earned.  We receive salvation through God’s grace and love.  You can do every good deed imaginable, but without God’s grace it means nothing.  God’s grace is given by belief in his son.  Simple as that.

I wonder if the Saudi Arabian man is hoping for grace. Probably. The question is will he receive it.  We will have to wait and see.

Here is a link to a news article about the Saudi Arabia case:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Amnesty+says+Saudi+paralyze+punishment/3429297/story.html

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5 Responses to “Full of Grace”

  1. Carol Ann Hoel August 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    How awful for that man in Saudi Arabia. Jesus suffered and paid with his own blood the demand of the law for justice at Calvary for us. I am very thankful also that my sins are forgiven because of grace, which Jesus provided. Thank you for sharing.

    • lovemeanyway August 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

      I am praying that he is shown grace. Jesus did pay the ultimate price to save us. Thank the Lord!

      • Carol Ann Hoel August 24, 2010 at 1:39 am #

        I am praying for him also, that he will be given grace for his crime and that he will be reached by the gospel, too. Thank you for caring for others. 🙂

  2. Krystn August 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    It is always so hard for me to discuss these types of cases… I know and eye-for-an-eye is technically justice, and sometimes, the perpetrator MORE than deserves it… but it’s always those “walking the line” situations where it was an accident, or an unintended injury… or something… that throws a wrench into the eye-for-an-eye reasoning.

    it’s so cliche.. but “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”. we really can’t be so brutal and……. primitive. for lack of a better word. or we’d all be eyeless, so to speak.

    thanks for the update on world news. such different perspectives to consider.

    • lovemeanyway August 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

      I like that expression “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”, it is so true! Miss you in the office!
      Jessica

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