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Forgiveness and Religion

Donald Sensing tells contrasting stories that point to religious differences in the concept of when forgiveness is appropriate. Well worth a few minutes of your time, and the lesson is well worth remembering:

The commandment of Christ to love one's enemies and pray for them is not an order to feel affection for them in one's heart. It is a command to treat them in a way that is intended to lead them into righteousness before God. This is not a matter of moonlit nights and violin music. It is almost always unpleasant to do, and difficult.

A mitigating argument covering the inter-religious aspects of Sensing's post is worth reading, as well.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 11:56 PM EST