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No just God can demand we forgive

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I am troubled by Devon Dick's Gleaner column titled 'Forgive them though they know what they do' (July 2, 2015).

The philosophy that we should forgive evil lest we become a storehouse of hate is absurd.

Dick and his host of forgivers of evil are marrying two separate notions. One can fail to forgive evil without being hateful. Hate and lack of forgiveness do not necessarily come in the same package.

I can fail to forgive a murderer, but I do not have to hate him. I have the choice of being indifferent or I can pity his ignorance and insanity. If I forgive racist gun-toting killers who consider black lives less than human, I diminish my humanity.

No just God can demand that a mortal human forgive such wickedness. None of us is endowed with omnipotent grace.

Forgiveness of sin is the purview of God's court.


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