On Forgiveness as Guidance to Individuals & Justice As Social Policy for Nations: Jesus promised the coming of Baha'u'llah
A year ago my son worked in the very Forza coffee shop where this tragedy occured.
Brent points out an important difference between the Messages of Christ and Baha'u'llah. -gw
I am a lawyer, and I have heard many times, defense lawyers asking juries to exercise mercy and forgiveness of the criminal acts of the accused. If the words of Jesus were the sole basis for the organization of society, that's exactly what judges and juries would do. Individuals would turn the other cheek, and so would societies. If a nation is bombed on its East coast, it would turn the other coast. That is, if society tries to organize itself based on the words of Christ, it seeks to know what is the appropriate principle in all of its social dealings -- commerce, punishment, peace, defense, monetary policy, scientific matters, social welfare, etc. Jesus did not address these matters; He addressed the individual soul. Baha'u'llah did address these, as Isaiah and Jesus promised He would. You can read the guidance of God to heads of state in the book "Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas" and in "The Summons of the Lord of Hosts" both at http://reference.bahai.org/. These show the will of God to heads of state. Because, again, heads of state cannot organize the functions of government around the verses of the guidance of Jesus Christ. He says to give everything away, to forgive all injustices, to expose yourself to further injustices, to never hurt a person even if he hurts you, to do good to those who harm you. That's magnificent guidance to individuals; and suicide if accepted as social policy by nations. Nations cannot organize on the basis of forgiveness; only on the basis of justice. Jesus promised the coming of Baha'u'llah. Read His Writings.