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Christian Beliefs About Forgiveness Essay

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Christian Beliefs About Forgiveness

Christians believe that forgiveness is there trade mark and is essential that you call yourself a Christian.

Jesus had more to say about forgiveness than anything else through out his teaching. So this shows us how important it is to us today. He taught forgiveness and carried his teaching into his own life.

The old law of moses stated “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life”. but Jesus replaced this and said “love god and love your neighbour as you love yourself”. this became known as the golden rule.

Every action taken should be guided by these principals.

In the sermon on the mount Jesus also explained about loving
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the other servants were distressed and told the king.

The king called the servant in “you wicked servant, I cancelled all your debts and begged you did too. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant as I had mercy on you.” in anger the master had him handed over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back what he owed’.

The king in this parable represents God who forgives sin. The parable teaches that if we want God to forgive us then we must be prepared to forgive the sins of others. Although the servant in the story is forgiven, he is not prepared, in turn, to forgive the smaller sin of another. Jesus warns that god will punish those who do not forgive. The master (God) is willing to welcome back sinners if they turn to him. People must show god that they are sorry for their sins.

Another parable was the one on ‘the prodigal son’

‘A man had two sons which the younger one wanted a share of the estate. Not long after that the younger son packed up and had left to a distant country and there he squandered his wealth in wild living. He hired himself out to a citizen who sent him to feed pigs in the far fields. He finally came to his senses and said to himself what was he ever going to say to his father. He was thinking it through in his head and finally thought of what he was going to say
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