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November 26, 2008



Justice is important, but mercy wins by a nose.


I think this mirrors my personal transformation recently from conservative to more liberal. Before, I probably would have chosen justice. But now I'd definitely pick mercy (and I like your definition). There's not much of a contest between the two for me.


I don't see justice as excluding a mercy factor -- it's possible to be both just and merciful. So I'll go with justice.


Don't Christians claim that's the difference between Old and New Testaments? Old = justice, New = mercy.

Me, I hate those dichotomies and always draw a blank with either/or quizzes. Couldn't do the career-prediction tests in school, either. The multiple-choice format never offered a "Well, it depends" option.


Mercy all the way--I can't even explain why. It's a purely visceral reaction.


I really struggle with that. One of the things I try to live by is "it's better to be kind than to be right." I think I choose mercy, but sometimes it's despite my desire to make someone pay!!!

One of the ways I deal with it is to strongly believe that what goes around comes around in the short term and the long term. Last week I lent a friend in trouble some money...later that day, I got over $1,000 in checks that I didn't expect in the mail from insurance refunds I didn't know I had coming.

As hard as it is to choose Mercy over Justice sometimes...my personal belief is that Mercy has it's own rewards.


How about merciful justice?


P.S. I never like to choose.


Justice includes mercy - so both.



Justice is clearly important, but Justice without mercy is much worse than mercy in the absence of justice. So, mercy wins.

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