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Jesus forgave many sinners throughout his ministry, but many people were upset at his actions e.g.

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Forgiveness Jesus forgave many sinners throughout his ministry, but many people were upset at his actions e.g. when Jesus healed a paralysed man. In Palestine it was the general belief that sickness was caused by sin. When Jesus saw how much faith the man had he forgave all of his sins, and the man was able to pick up his mat and walk home. Jesus believed that he could heal physically and spiritually, but the Pharisees were extremely upset because they thought Jesus was blaspheming as only God could forgive sins. No work was to be done on the Sabbath. When Jesus healed a crippled woman on this day the synagogue leaders were very angry with him for healing and forgiving sins. Jesus made the point that helping people or your animals is far more important than sticking to the letters of the law. ...read more.


He had kept to the house rules, by doing what his father wanted and therefore he expected a reward for doing so. In the same way the Pharisees thought that by carrying out their specific practices and keeping their rules, they were the only people who deserved heaven. As we all know, forgiving people today causes great difficulties within our local society and on a worldly scale. On September 11 2001 there were major terrorist attacks in New York by the al-Qaeda group. The American President, George W Bush, reacted to this by declaring a war against all terrorists. There was great debate on how to react to such a horrific event and no one is certain whether war was the right decision to make. Although the terrorist attacks were great atrocities, with many losing their lives and others injured, personally I don't think that declaring a war was a very responsible action. ...read more.


Here he remembers Jesus' teachings to "turn the other cheek" rather than retaliating against the bombers in rage and painful remorse. Some do believe that forgiveness can stop people from being bitter and hateful towards others. Some, on the other hand are of the opinion that if you forgive some one, that person will think they have got away with their actions and just sin again. The forgiveness of sins in our world today is extremely hard to do as revenge is easier and in some cases an instant reaction to a wrongdoing. If people chose not to forgive for example the September 11th attacks, nothing is gained and more is lost. In saying that, if nothing was to be done about the attacks, the terrorists might have continued bombarding the country until they got the reaction they wanted. There are many outcomes when choosing to forgive or not forgive. We as a society need to be sure to make the right choice more often as it could be more beneficial in the long run than wanting revenge. ...read more.

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