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I would like to tweak an aspect of Kadey’s argument. She claims that justice is doing what is right, revenge is harm, harm is wrong, therefore justice is not revenge. Hear me out because I can almost guarantee you will disagree with my first assertion if you don’t read my second paragraph. Pure justice would have us in Hell; by the definition given of revenge, God would be enacting revenge to put us in Hell since we have wronged him. Thus revenge is within the dictates of justice.
BUT, this does not mean that we must avenge to be just. If a man owes another money, then it is still just if a third man were to willingly pay the debt. Likewise, if the man to whom the money is owed willingly pays the debt by merciful forgiveness, justice is still maintained. We see from this that justice is giving to each what is due while mercy calls for and allows justice without revenge. In the Bible we are called to be just AND LOVE MERCY. Thus, contrary to the Bible in this aspect, our society teaches justice without mercy.