The release from guilt, obligation or punishment that was due because of sin.

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Why was Lot “let off the hook” for offering his daughters to be raped?

Genesis 19:1-20 tells the famous story of Soddom and Gomorrah. In the story, the men of Sodom come to Lot's house, and demand that Lot release his visitors to be raped by the men of the town. Lot ...
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What was it about the death of Jesus that allows God to forgive us?

I've heard many people state that it was the punishment inflicted by the Romans that allows God to forgive us. This just doesn't make any sense to me. How can a man suffer for a short while here on ...
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Are there unforgivable sins?

Jesus came and died for our sins so that we may be forgiven and have salvation. But Matthew 12:32 (NIV) says there is at least one thing to prevent being forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word ...
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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus?

I thought of this when I was researching this question. Leviticus 4 goes into great detail about the sacrifice that must be made in order for a sin to be forgiven. However, we see here that God ...
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If I steal money, what does the forgiveness of Jesus cover?

I steal money from someone. I ask for Jesus for forgiveness. I receive forgiveness (yet keep the money). What happens to the person I took the money from? Do I make out with forgiveness from God, ...
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What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

In Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says: Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word ...
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What was the purpose to animal sacrifices?

I've never completely understood the purpose as to why God required that the Israelite's should kill an animal in order for God to forgive them.
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Can God Change his mind?

I was recently thinking about the passage in exodus that talks about how the Israelites fell into sin while Moses was up on the mountain. God said that he would destroy all the Israelites but Moses ...
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If all our sins have been forgiven why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven?

We believe that Jesus died for all our sins, past and future, so why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven if Jesus already died to forgive that sin?
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Does the LDS Church teach that murder is unforgivable?

Doctrine and Covenants 42:18 appears to teach that anyone who kills cannot ever be forgiven. Does "killing" refer only to murder or to any killing, be it in self defense or as part of a way? And ...
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What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation

Is forgiveness and reconciliation the same thing? What needs to happen for forgiveness to occur? What needs to happen for reconciliation to take place?
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What is God's definition of forgiveness?

I have wrestled with this topic for years and have come to all sorts of conclusions along the way. Please, I'm searching for what others perceive is God's definition of forgiveness. If we are ...
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How can anointing the sick confer forgiveness of sins in Catholicism?

In Catholicism, there are 7 sacraments. One of these is anointing of the sick or extreme unction. It is meant to provide comfort to the sick, peace and courage. In the event that the individual cannot ...
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Why Jesus taught differently on “sin and treating sinners” as compared to Old Testament?

In the book of Joshua, just before attack on Jericho, Joshua told his men not to take any riches for themselves which was meant for God. Joshua 6:18 . In spite of this Achan hides some of the riches ...
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Sarah laughed at God and He did not mind

When God told Abraham that he was to have a son the following year, bible recorded it that Sarah laughed in her heart Genesis 18:12-15 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have ...
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Can Catholic works of ‘satisfaction’ (prayer, fasting, etc.) for the removal of temporal punishments of venial sin be credited to others still alive?

Here is what I think I understand: A Catholic believes in something called penance that is understood as a sacrament by which forgiveness of sins (committed after baptism) is granted through the ...
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Biblical basis for “God's already forgiven you” teaching

I have recently heard many preachers and teachers say things like "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's free gift of salvation." In particular Joel Osteen and Joseph ...
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Are sins forgiven without a payment in Matthew 9:1-7?

Matthew 9:1-7 involves Jesus forgiving someone's sins. Is this forgiveness granted in light of Jesus' future sacrifice of himself on the cross? If not, how is this person forgiven of their sins since, ...
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Did Martin Luther effectively teach that our justification is like white snow covering over dung?

Over the internet I have come across posts like this that say Luther stated that our sinful state is much like the piles of manure. It is ugly, repulsive and offensive. There is nothing in it ...
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What hope is there for a person when he has to ask forgiveness everyday for sins he will do during that day?

A lot of people ask forgiveness for all the sins they will do during the day in thought, word and deed. What hope is there in it? Will our lives never become better? Is it meant to be that we sin ...
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What is some relevent scripture regarding having something stolen?

I recently had some things stolen out of my car, and I vaguely remember reading somewhere in the New Testament that you shouldn't desire to get stolen items back. I've been searching for it, but I ...
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Are Christians called to forgive Unbelievers?

In Matthew 18:21-22, we are asked to forgive not just seven, but "seventy times seven" (unlimited) times our brother. However, is there any verse concerning how we are to forgive non believers ?
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Forgive Others As We Have Been Forgiven?

Colossians 3:13 (KJV) - Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. As far as I am aware, God only ...
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When we forgive our offenders, does it mean we do not want God to punish them anymore?

On of the biggest issues i have had with easily forgiving is because of some (ill advised?) thought that doing so automatically exempts the person from punishment, i know its naive, but when one is ...
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Conscience: Christ's sacrifice vs the blood of bulls and goats?

While reading through Hebrews I came upon the following Scripture: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Heb 10:4 ESV) However, in my recent studies, I came ...
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Is the Roman Catholic understanding of forgiveness different from the Protestant understanding?

Recently I read Simon Wiesenthal's book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, and I was challenged to flesh out my understanding of forgiveness. There were aspects which I ...
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Why does the Lord's Prayer instruct us to ask God to forgive us “as we forgive others”?

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He gave them this model commonly known as the Lord's Prayer. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. ...
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Making a vow and defaulting - is there forgiveness? [closed]

Sometimes we make vows to God that are hard for us to keep and the Bible advised (I couldn't remember this portion: Hosea or Malachi - and Google didn't help too) that we should not be rash when ...
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Does God forgive those who take his name in vain? [on hold]

Christianity teaches the forgiveness of sins by God, but Exodus 20:7, one of the Ten Commandments, says: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him ...
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Do Christians have the authority to forgive sin?

Catholic doctrines of Penance teach that if a priest forgives the sin of a parishioner, then that sin is forgiven by God as well- the sacrament of Penance is effective, and not just ceremonial. ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...
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Repentence in our everyday sins?

Repentence is not an 'easy way out' like a get-out-of-jail-free card. And doing bad things and planning to repent afterwards doesn't work, because that means you thought the things you were doing ...
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Why does childbirth still hurt?

I am wondering the following: In Genesis, 3.16, it is quite clear that God multiplies the pain of childbirth, in order to punish Eve (and all women) for eating the forbidden fruit. So, yes, this ...
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If I die before I can confess my sins, can I just confess them to God in Heaven?

When packing for a trip, sometimes we forget something small: a toothbrush, shaving cream, or socks. In order to compensate, we simply make a quick pit stop at a nearby convenience or department store ...
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When are we forgiven ? Parable of the unforgiving debtor [closed]

In Matthew 18:23-35, the parable of the unforgiving debtor, it tells the story of a debtor who owes a king money. The king forgives the debtor, yet the debtor doesn't forgive the the one who owed ...
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Overview on the Theology of Forgiveness vs Reconcillation [closed]

What are the main theological stances on the doctrine of forgiveness vs Reconciliation? I think at the far far extreme (or perhaps the most biblical definition is): we should forgive others as God ...
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Do I have to disclose my private life to a stranger?

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16, ESV) If I did ...
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How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin? [closed]

How long is it necessary to repent for an act of sin? For example, can just the thought "forgive me for my sin, Lord" immediately after the sin is committed enough (and truly mean it)....or does a ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God does not punish disobedient Christians beyond the immediate natural consequences?

Suppose that a person is faithful and counted among those in Christ, and the person is disobedient in some manner. What is the biblical basis that God does not intervene to punish this Christian ...
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No matter how badly a person sins, are they always forgiven? [duplicate]

so I've had to talk to this religous leader at a mosque about christianity because my parents want for me to convert back to islam, anyways he asked me this. You believe that no matter what a person ...
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If we don't forgive others we will not be forgiven, do we go to hell? [closed]

The bible says we must forgive others or we won't be forgiven. Do we go to hell if upon death we have unforgiveness in our hearts?
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Divorce because of sexual immorality [closed]

Does adultery of the heart as described by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 constitute the same form of "sexual immorality" given as an exception for divorce being permissible in Matthew 19:9? In John 8:3-11 ...
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Is there punishment for sinner in christianity?

As far as I know Christianity believes in the fact that we are all sinners. There is a story in john 8:2-11, the store of a women and Jesus which basically means that we cannot punish a sinner because ...
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What is the purpose of calling out individual sins if God's mercy nullifies them? [duplicate]

If everyone is of sin, and if only God can forgive sin -- why call out each sin individuality? This is not a Christian doctrine I ascribe to, but I'm asking because a lot of other Christians do ...