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Monday, November 30, 2015

Installment 3

(8) Installment #3: This I Believe...

     In conclusion to the statement of "This I believe..." when stated about the power of forgiveness humans of today's society can take away the self assurance and self worth from forgiving those that may not be forgiven. Everyone has their own idea of what is worth forgiving and go through a series of emotions that may determine whether they forgive someone that has wronged them. A huge factor that allowed me to forgive and let go of my past is my religion. In philosophy we analyze how religion may determine the ideals and philosophies of a specific philosopher. Well in my case my Christian background led me to the peace I feel today. I prayed countless of times not only in church but in my spare time as a way to continue the peace that over came me the past year and a half. Once I changed schools my relationship with the Lord grew stronger because I knew that he would not allow anything in my life to challenge me enough that I couldn't handle. Finding your way to peace and forgiveness is definitely the most rewarding accomplishments. Through the 3 Installments I hope to have introduced my "This I Believe" story, given perspective of different insights into forgiveness in the second installment, and in this conclusion may you find your strength to forgive.


First step into forgiveness is realizing and accepting the problem, then understanding that the past can not be changed and in order to move on you need to forgive for your own well-being. Forgiving others allows your enemy to be let go and your heart can explore a whole new world.

In the Christian tradition Jesus offers a similar perspective. He said, “Forgive and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37, NIV) and “… if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 12:25 NIV).
Such verses suggest the requirement of our having an attitude or habit of forgiving others before receiving God’s mercy in return. Jesus’s death on the cross is widely held to be the sacrifice which makes Divine atonement for all human sins a potent reality.
Regardless of the requirements for God’s forgiveness, humans forgiving humans was strongly emphasized by Jesus in his teachings. When asked by his disciple Peter if we should forgive repeated offenses against us by the same person up to seven times, Jesus replied, “I do not say to you up to seven times but up to seventy-seven times.” Another well-known example of Jesus’s teachings on forgiveness is his Parable of the Prodigal Son. And of course Jesus set the bar quite high himself when, while dying on the cross, he asked God to forgive those who were responsible for his own crucifixion, even in the absence of their remorse for their actions.
For a Christian view of the unconditional nature of forgiveness, the role of apology, and the purpose of forgiveness by a Protestant theologian see Miroslav Volf below (7 mins.).




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1 comment:

  1. I get that human forgiveness releases the forgiver as much as the forgiven, but if we're supposed to seek divine forgiveness for possessing and acting from the specific natures we did not choose but were ex hypothesi infused with by the very Creator whose forgiveness we seek... it just doesn't make a lot of sense.