In Jesus’ and Old Testament times, the law was clear. If a person took something, then they not only needed to return the item, but also make restitution to the tune of four or five times the value of the object stolen. For example, Exodus 22 notes that if someone steals an ox, then restitution is five oxen.
Jesus seems in favor of applying this law should any of his followers steal an ox. However, it appears that if any of his followers has an ox stolen from him, then that follower should forgive the debt.
Today, bail has become an issue. Should bail be charged when a crime is committed. Or, should bail be forgiven? As a society, what do think we should do?