Biblical Worldview for a Probation Officer


BiblicalWorldview for a Probation Officer

BiblicalWorldview for a Probation Officer

Thebiblical perspective on punishment is based on the principle ofretribution whereby it is of the view that punishment should beadministered in proportion to offense seriousness. The principle aimof punishment according to the bible should not be inflictingsuffering to the wrongdoer rather it is to reassert that a moralorder that presides over human life exist. This moral order placesemphasis on the link between seeking community well-being, rightrelationship, and justice. In this regard, the punishment should beaimed at restoring a criminal back to the community and makingcompensation to the victim (Joo, 2003). A probation officer is taskedwith the role of managing an offender so that to prevent him or herfrom committing a crime that could harm the society again. Aprobation officer works with an offender both in the community,courts and while the offender is in custody. In this study paper, wefocus on biblical perspective on probation officer.

Thesubject of probation has created a great sensation in the Christiansworld. The Bible, in particular, teaches nothing on probation thereis no word like probation in the entire Bible. In addition to this,the Bible does not attach of express anything closely related toprobation. The notion that exists does not origin from the Bible butis all the work of theorist. The theological idea surroundingpunishment is mankind is under an eternal death sentence because allpeople are hell-deserving the probation officer in this regard isChrist those who change their ways and repent will be forgiven andallowed to heaven(Cochrane &amp Doré, 1886).The rest of the sinners are hell-deserving because that is theirsentence. The Bible speaks nothing of search things it does notmention anywhere about eternal death neither does I state that man isunder the death sentence. In contrast, man is not under the sentenceof death or in danger of being lost rather according to the scriptureman is lost and dead and that’s why Christ come to save those whoare already lost and give life to those who are dead.

Withall that said and done, In this study paper, I would focus attentionon the fact that even though the Bible talks nothing about probationit also does not speak to the probation officer. The word probationis used to refer to a criminal period of supervision it is ordered onthe community courts and the accused rather than be taken to prisonthe person is taken to serve the community.

Theissue surrounding the kind of punishment that befits a law breakercan be considered as an ethical dilemma regardless of the kind ofpunishment. This is because while as the God law seeks retribution ofthe criminal while the civil law aims to punish. In the Bible Godmonitors the behavior of human being who is in this case is a sinnerhis requirement from the sinner is that the sinner repents his sinsand asks for forgiveness from those he or she has wronged for hisdeeds to be forgiven. The law, on the other hand, aims only tosubject law breaker to pain and punishment for his actions. Aprobation officer is not interested in correcting the criminalbehavior but to report him in case he breaks the law again. God, onthe other hand, seeks to save and correct the bad behavior.


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Joo,S. (2003). Provocationand punishment: The anger of God in the book of Jeremiah anddeuteronomistic theology.Berlin: de Gruyter.