A well known example of promoting justice through injustice is the woman who was brought before Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees who was had committed adultery and demanded that Jesus explain what should be done. The Law of Moses commanded that such should be stoned. She had done something that was against their religious and cultural laws and therefore must be dealt with.
Jesus does not agree that this woman should be stoned and exposes the foul motives who her accusers, which have nothing to do with justice, by simply saying, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (John 8:1-11).”
But this is adultery, something that in our day is not seen as a criminal act. What about criminal acts, or what about any act that is injustice? Is it morally permissible to restore justice through injustice?
Is it ever morally just to use torture on those who have committed dark and dangerous crimes that have hurt hundreds in the hopes of extracting important information from them that can save others?
Is it morally just to flip off the person that cut you off on the freeway, for which you had to quickly slam on your brakes causing you to spill your hot beverage all over your new iPhone 6?
What at just ways to dealing with injustice? Is using justice and ethical and morally permissible actions sufficient for confronting injustice?
November 4, 2019
Time writing and thinking: 30 minutes
Total time ish writing and thinking on this blog: 150 hours and 30 minutes