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? [closed]

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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What is the message of Matthew 9:5?

Matthew 9:1-8 (NIV) 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ...
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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? [closed]

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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Where is the verse about people sinning because they know God will forgive them?

I've been trying to find a verse I read not too long ago for quite some time about sinning and knowing it's wrong, but sinning anyway because you know God will forgive you. I believe it also mentioned ...
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If I steal money, what does the forgiveness of Jesus cover? [closed]

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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If all our sins have been forgiven why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven? [closed]

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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How do Protestants understand the “unforgivable” sin?

Scripture refers to an unpardonable sin in Matthew 12:31–32, Mark 3:29–30, and Luke 12:10, as well as Hebrews 6:4–6. There's also "sin that leads to death" (1 John 5:16–17). Given the Protestant ...
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What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation [closed]

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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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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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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What is God's definition of forgiveness? [closed]

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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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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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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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...
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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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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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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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What is the biblical basis for the forgiveness of sins for very evil persons?

LDC asked this question before; it was down voted 8 times before it was closed, probably because of a provocative title and lack of a specific question. My editing of his question is: what are the ...
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Are there examples of God forgiving without sacrifice?

So far I have seen, some kind of sacrifice, direct or indirect, is required to have forgiveness from sin. So, my question is - Are there examples of God forgiving our sins without any sacrifice?
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Interpreting Acts 2:38 together with John 1:12

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" John ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “God's already forgiven you” teaching?

I have recently heard many preachers and teachers, in particular Joel Osteen and Joseph Prince, say things like, "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's free gift of ...
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Are our sins of the future forgiven? (John 20:23)

Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven (unless we confess them in the future) and say that John 20:23 (and maybe other verses which I can't remember), uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ...
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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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Positional and Relational Forgiveness, what is the Biblical Basis?

My question spawns from an explanation of 1 John 1:9 provided by the very popular protestant resource GotQuesitons.org. It seems to me that the answer given has holes in it, which I would like, ...
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What is some relevent scripture regarding having something stolen? [closed]

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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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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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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What hope is there for a person when he has to ask forgiveness everyday for sins he will do during that day? [closed]

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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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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What is the means of forgiveness in Purgatory?

And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:32 ...
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Does God forgive those who take his name in vain? [closed]

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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Are Christians called to forgive Unbelievers? [closed]

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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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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Who is an “enemy” in the context of this video?

In the video The Mission of CBI Japan and The Gospel Coalition at approximately 1:25, there's a reference to obeying Christ's call to "love your enemies." (Related question) I'm a bit confused as to ...
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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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how do you ask for forgiveness, or know he has forgiven you? [closed]

My church says to ask for forgiveness when I do wrong but I don't really know how or how do I know if he has forgiven me.
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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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According to Catholics at what moment did the ransom sacrifice go into effect?

At his crucifixion our Lord cried out "My God Why have thou forsaken me?" A bit later he cries out again and in about that moment he died and there was darkness and earthquake and the temple curtain ...
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What did Jesus mean by seventy times seven? [duplicate]

We hear Jesus telling Peter at Matthew 18:22 :“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven " when Peter asks for the maximum number of times he is expected to forgive his brother or sister. ...