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

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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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How can Jesus bear our sin if he was righteous Ezekiel 18:19-20

Ezekiel 18:19-20 NKJV : 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he ...
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With so many views of what the unpardonable sin is, is there a common theme?

There are many Christian pastors, scholars, and theologians who are positive they have the correct interpretation of the unpardonable sin. There isn’t a universal interpretation that everyone agrees ...
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Methodists: How to be forgiven of habitual sin?

According to Methodist Protestant Christians, if I acknowledge my sin, ask in private prayer for Christ's forgiveness. Am I forgiven? And what do I do if I'm dealing with a habitual sin that keeps on ...
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Loving my neighbour's enemy

The New Testament is very clear that Christians should love their enemy and turn the other cheek. Similarly, Christians should defend others and stand up against injustice. These things are somewhat ...
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Can punishment for unintentional sins be reconciled with Christians knowing they have eternal life?

My question isn't so much about reconciling specific Scripture passages as it is about reconciling two teachings supported by Scripture, so I'm asking here rather than on Hermeneutics. I'm wondering ...
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A question about the difference between men and women

Because the Bible teaches that God made men directly in His image but women indirectly (1 Timothy 2:13) and that God transcends all moral judgment (Romans 9:20), what does this imply about the ability ...
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Do Christians have the power to condemn?

It is recorded in the Gospel of John that after Jesus's death and resurrection, he appeared to the disciples and said the following: On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples ...
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Why is there no cross-reference to Deut 5:9-10 on the loving nature of God the Father , in the New Testament?

We read in Deut 5:9-10 : ..for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to ...
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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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What would be an orthodoxly Christian, biblically based response to a concern that a Christian could die without repenting of a given sin?

What is the fate of those who believe in Jesus Christ but who die without repenting of something they never discovered was sinful? Simon (Acts 8) likely represents an example with which I can ...
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How do Protestants Receive forgiveness for post-Baptismal Sins?

Several questions have dealt with Protestants' rejection of the Catholic sacrament of confession. This question seeks information about how Protestants receive forgiveness or absolution. At baptism, ...
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Why did Jesus ask His disciples to forgive the debt of their debtors (if they want their debt to be forgiven), if Jesus's atonement is universal? [closed]

In the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6) Jesus Christ teaches His disciples how to pray and encourages them to "Forgive the Debt of Others" if they want "Their Own Debt to be Forgiven". ...
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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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A story in the Bible where Jesus tested the faith of a sinner?

I'm looking for a story in the Bible where Jesus put a sinner's faith to the test. I originally heard this story during a Church sermon. It was nearly 4 years ago, and and I'm having trouble figuring ...
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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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Is Judas in hell for eternity? [duplicate]

I am a Christian, but have a hard time forgiving evil people, but I know that's what the Lord commanded me to do " Love and forgive your enemies , do good to those who persecute you....' ~ So, I ...
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According to Arminian Protestants, who can forgive sin or withhold forgiveness?

"If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld." (John 20:23) The Power of the Keys is a Catholic (and, IIUC, Lutheran) ...
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What is the Protestant view of John 20:23 and the disciples ability to forgive sins?

Besides the Anglican Church (as far as I'm aware) no Protestant Church practices confession. John 20:23 (ESV) says: 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold ...
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Why can't God forgive a sinner without having to kill Jesus the righteous one?

Non-Christians raise many objections to the atoning death of Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God. One of the most important objections is that God being the Almighty and Sovereign should be able to ...
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How forgiving is God?

Does God forgive you if you genuinely feel sorry for something you have done? For instance, if someone vowed to God that he or she won't do this or that to get something in life but the person breaks ...
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According to Catholicism, if we sin and become repentant will our sins be forgiven too like St. Peter?

At the catechism class we learned that as Peter was repentant after betraying Jesus his sin was forgiven. If we sin, become repentant and do confessions will our sins be forgiven too? Or do we have to ...
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What is a biblical & practical fail-safe method for forgiving others that cause me repeated pain?

I notice many Christians struggling with 'unforgiveness' - or rather find it difficult to forgive as Jesus Christ instructs in Matthew 18:22 - forgive seventy times seven times - interpreted as more ...
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Did the soldiers who had crucified Jesus reciprocate the forgiveness granted to them through the Lord's intercession?

We see how Jesus walked the talk by praying for those who crucified him, in Lk 23:33-34: When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on ...
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What is the message of Matthew 9:5? [closed]

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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Should we forgive everything?

Why should a Christian forgive their girlfriend/boyfriend or spouse if she has betrayed their trust and cheated on them with another man? Why should one forgive their son's murderer? God is love and ...
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What is the Biblical basis of the idea that men can be given authority to forgive sins?

This question is inspired by the question What is the Old Testament basis to the idea that only God can forgive sins? What is the Biblical basis (Old or New Testament) for the idea that men can be ...
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How do Trinitarians explain Jesus' response to the scribes and Pharisees at Luke 5:20-24?

Luke 5:20-24 has Jesus forgiving the sins of a paralyzed man. "When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 21 But the scribes and Pharisees began thinking to ...
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Why did Stephen have authority to ask God to forgive the sins of his nonbelieving executioners?

Consider the following verse related to Stephen's stoning: Acts 7:60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell ...
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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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Why is the sacrifice of Jesus needed for the atonement of sins? [duplicate]

Christianity teaches that Jesus was crucified in order that ours sins be forgiven, and without this sacrifice then atonement could not be attained. Why did Jesus have to die for our sins in order for ...
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Where are you going if you killed the Priest after you got The instrument of forgiveness from him? [closed]

This is one of the most known contradiction which I know in Christianity doctrine , Many Christians belives with the instrument of forgiveness which they received it from priest in order to forgive ...
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If a sin is not intentional but due to psychological or physical reasoning, will Jesus Christ still count that act as a sin?

Sin is really vicious and annoying to God. But what if a sin that is caused by a person's physical or mental ailments does God look upon that person with empathy, sympathy, and compassion? For ...
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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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Do you think Satan needs Jesus’ love and forgiveness as much we do? [closed]

Would the devil’s acceptance of Jesus as the Sovereign will accelerate the return of His coming?
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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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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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How do Lutherans have their sin forgiven?

If a Lutherans sins, how is his sin forgiven? Must he confess? Is there a distinction between venial and mortal sin? What if he sins again the same sin?
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Replacement of sins with good

In my studies of Islamic Theology I have come across a doctrine of the replacement of sins for good deeds. Quran, Al-Furqân “Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah ...
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Why is there a need for a sacrifice by Jesus?

In the biblical texts of Genesis, God is the one who creates everything into existence. If that was the case then why would God need to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity? God should ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 τὰς ...
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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 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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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? ...