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Explain what Christians believe about forgiveness

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Explain what Christians believe about forgiveness (refer to the teaching of Jesus in your answer) Christians believe that forgiveness is there trade mark and is essential that you call yourself a Christian. Jesus had more to say about forgiveness than anything else through out his teaching. So this shows us how important it is to us today. He taught forgiveness and carried his teaching into his own life. The old law of moses stated "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life". but Jesus replaced this and said "love god and love your neighbour as you love yourself". this became known as the golden rule. Every action taken should be guided by these principals. In the sermon on the mount Jesus also explained about loving enemy's. Jesus told his followers to love their enemy's and to pray for them as well. Jesus was making a great demand of his followers, there was to be no revenge or retaliation but instead he said "love your enemy's and pray for those who persecute you. ...read more.


People must show god that they are sorry for their sins. Another parable was the one on 'the prodigal son' 'A man had two sons which the younger one wanted a share of the estate. Not long after that the younger son packed up and had left to a distant country and there he squandered his wealth in wild living. He hired himself out to a citizen who sent him to feed pigs in the far fields. He finally came to his senses and said to himself what was he ever going to say to his father. He was thinking it through in his head and finally thought of what he was going to say "father I have sinned against heaven and against you I am no longer worthy to be called your son make me one of your hired men". so he got up and went. His father saw him and was filled with compassion and ran to him. His father said "quick bring me the best robe, put a ring on his finger, sandals on his feet and bring me the fattened calf and kill it". ...read more.


The message of this incident is at the end when Jesus says to the woman "neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin". the woman has been given a chance to repent by Jesus and told to sin no more. Conclusion Living out the teaching of Jesus on forgiveness it is not always easy. It is natural not to forgive especially when it is a major crime done to a member of your family like murder or rape. People want to retaliate and look for revenge to get their own back. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do but there is no limit to the forgiveness that God expects them to show. But Jesus also said "forgive us out trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us". this means that if someone has committed crime or sin against you, you should forgive them and like wise they should do the same. It goes by the saying "if someone strikes you on the left cheek you turn the other". He set himself an example when he was on the cross and the soldiers were beating him he said "father forgive them for they no not of what they do". ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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