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Describe Christian beliefs about forgiveness.

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Religion and Equality End of Topic Essay Describe Christian beliefs about forgiveness '...Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against u. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil...' (The Lords Prayer) The Lords Prayer, which was given by Jesus, shows that Christians need to ask for God forgiveness, in order to be forgiven, and also show their own forgiveness to others. 'Forgive our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.' Christians then also need to pray that they will promise to turn away from sin, and they may also ask God to help them do this. 'Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.' This shows active repentance for what they have done, and Christians believe that if the reconciliation is true and heartfelt they will be forgiven, because Jesus took the place of all humanities sin when he died on the cross. Forgiveness is also taught in the parables, when Jesus told people to 'Turn the other cheek', and to 'Carry the soldiers bag an extra mile', this demonstrated not only to be forgiving, but to be happy to forgive others! Even when they don't deserve to be forgiven. ...read more.

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of any race (Black, White, Asian etc.) or any religion (Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu) actively discriminates, and is prejudice to other people because of a difference in colour or beliefs. One of the key beliefs within Christianity is that all people, no matter what gender, race or background are all equally special and loved by God. Whether they are rich bishops or poor tramps, God loves them all just as much as one another. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) For few people that believe in racism, for instance cults such as the KKK (Klu Klutz Klan) they believe that God created white people to be superior to blacks, and that this is made obvious by the natural higher intellect of whites. Some people argue that their racist beliefs are supported in the Bible, pictures, and statues. They also acknowledge Galatians 3:28 and say that in the present life (i.e. Earth and where we are now) Whites were created to be dominant, and that Galatians is only specific to the after life, 'For you are all one in Christ Jesus'. This part of Galatians can also be taken and understood to mean that God may love everyone equally, but it does not necessarily mean that they should deserve the same treatment on Earth. ...read more.

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For example in many places in South Africa, there is still high racial tension; in jobs, there are still women that are being underpaid in comparison to their male counterparts; in Pakistan and India, there is high tension between religious beliefs; and even in the Church, women are not entitled to all the positions that men are. Here it is apparent that all people may not be viewed as equals in a material world. However, contrary to this, Christians believe that in the eyes of God all people are equal. This is backed up in Galatians 3:28 where it says 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.' To me this hints that God knew that the world would probably never be totally equal, due to the influence that Satan has over it, and therefore he wanted to show his followers that they would all be accepted into his faith and be loved equally, no matter of gender or race. For Christians the Church can, and should be, seen as a refuge in which all people are equal, for God loves the poor devoted follower as much as he loves the rich bishop. On the one hand I agree that, material and possession wise, not all people are equal. However I believe that on a spiritual and religious level, all people within Christianity are in fact equal. ...read more.

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