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PostSubject: Forgiveness   Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:57 pm

The importance of forgiveness is something that's stressed across many religious traditions. I tend to agree about its importance as I think it's a way of letting go of "bad energy".

Often forgiveness isn't just a one way street through. There are times in relationships when both parties do things that require forgiveness. The problem comes in when one party is willing to forgive while the other can't or won't.

What do you think is the best thing to do in these situations? Also do you think forgiveness is always warranted?

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PostSubject: Re: Forgiveness   Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:05 pm

Aaron wrote:
Also do you think forgiveness is always warranted?
In a Christian context, forgiveness by God is contingent upon an attitude change in the offender. But forgiveness by the person offended only requires an attitude adjustment in the forgiver. That one-sided forgiveness is always warranted because it has positive emotional effects on offended party---letting go of "negative energy"---regardless of any abstract balance of justice. Whether forgiveness is warranted by God toward the offender is unknowable by humans. But for legal purposes, the state sometimes plays the role of God by trying to read the "heart" of the transgressor.


To err is human; to forgive, divine.
-Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism"
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