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Questions tagged [forgiveness]

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

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If someone is forced to take the punishment for sin (Jesus), doesn't that mean that God never forgives?

Even if Jesus is God Himself and He took the punishment Himself, that would still mean that He never forgives, because He would rather punish Himself than show forgiveness for sin, right?
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Can you explain the conflict between 2 Corinthians 5:10 and Isaiah 43:25?

2 Corinthians 5:10(KJV) 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or ...
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What is the biblical argument for forgiveness ruling out punishment for grievous crimes?

It seems to me that most Christians today think that forgiveness of grievous crimes implies lack of punishment of the criminal. To my knowledge (by far complete, to be sure) of the New Testament, ...
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Calvinists: How to avoid justification from eternity?

I'm having trouble understanding how Calvinists avoid the doctrine of justification from eternity, which roughly states that the elect are justified either before the creation of the world or at the ...
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The name and origin of the doctrine of justification by restructuring the narrative [duplicate]

See the example of the candlesticks from Les Mis. See also Gen 20:60 ...you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good. Can someone tell me the name and origin of this theological concept? ...
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Where does the thought 'we were not even fit to eat the crumbs from under your table' originate, in the Anglican communion service?

Does anyone know if there is a scripture reference for this, if not what is the thinking behind it?
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Why did Saul's sins lead to his rejection as King of Israel, but David's sins did not cost him his crown?

I Samuel 15;10-12 tells us "The word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 'I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as King, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed my ...
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Why didn't God forgive Saul when he asked for it?

In 1 Samuel 15:24-25 (NIV): 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, ...
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Can a person be forgiven outside of confession? (Catholic)

As a follow up to this question I'd like to ask if a person, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, can obtain God's forgiveness outside of the sacrament of confession. I would imagine Protestants would ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the difference between forgiveness and release from punishment?

The first thing to note is that forgiveness of a sin is separate from punishment for the sin. Through sacramental confession we obtain forgiveness, but we aren't let off the hook as far as punishment ...
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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

How is: John 20:21-23 Εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν καθὼς ἀπέσταλκέν με ὁ Πατήρ, κἀγὼ πέμπω ὑμᾶς καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἐνεφύσησεν καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς Λάβετε Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον ἄν τινων ἀφῆτε ...
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Why would Catholics believe that being kind to one's father will bring reparation for sins?

Sirach 3:12-14 tells us: 12 My child, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life. 13 Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your ...
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According to Baptist theology why doesn't Satan surrender?

We know that Satan is at war with God. This is a root cause of the Fall (depending on your perspective). We also know that God is omnipotent, while Satan is not. This means that Satan is doomed. ...
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Why does John the Baptist decide upon water and baptism as the form of repentance (Catholic viewpoint)?

I'm a convert from Judaism to Catholicism. Overall, I find the congruence from a theological perspective to be 80-90%. Especially, from my perspective, considering the "Jewish version" of the Trinity: ...
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Can any sin be forgiven? (According to the teaching of the Catholic Church)

I was trying to research the influence Christianity had on Hitler and Nazism, when I came across this: Hans Frank Frank acted as lawyer and senior official for the Nazi party and legal advisor ...
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Lords Prayer. Asking for Forgiveness

For those who beleive in the doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS). How does one reconcile our need to not only confess our sins, but to ask God for forgiveness for those sins? Forgive us ...
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According to the Assembly of God, must a person love God to get into heaven, if he believes in Christ?

I was always taught, and my reading of the Bible (admittedly it has holes) tell me that the requirement to get into heaven is to accept Jesus as one's savior; that is, one must acknowledge one's ...
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What is the basis for the Catechism saying that one can always be forgiven by perfect contrition come from?

According to CCC 1452: 1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also ...
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Can obstinacy in sin be forgiven in Catholic teaching?

I've read that obstinacy in sin is unforgivable. Is it one of the sins against Holy Spirit and therefore cannot be forgiven? However, what if a sinner decides to stop being obstinate and repents? ...
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What is the biblical basis for a continued illness indicating unforgiven sin? [closed]

Jesus says in Mark 2:9-12 [Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has ...
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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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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 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. ...
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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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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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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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Could Christ who carried our sins on the cross forgive those same sins?

Christ who bore our sins on the Cross: 1 Peter 2:24 (NASB77) 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 1:12, "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can repentance for our everyday sins lead to forgiveness? [closed]

Repentance 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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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 forgives ...
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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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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 ...
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As Christians we are already saved, so why must we keep repenting of sin? [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?