Posted by Marsha on September 23, 1997 at 21:34:33:
In response to Heathens, written by Hil on September 23, 1997 at 17:38:05
] ] "Heathens and savage tribes hold that doctrine, but Christians and civilized nations disown it."
] ] "How?" I don't understand."
] ] Me neither. The Christian doctrine of forgiveness eludes my grasp. Family members of Jeffery Dahmer's victims forgiving him on TV. I don't get it. Call me a heathen, I guess.
] As well as being able to dance, savages and heathens have their own codes of conduct, often fine. And sometimes I doubt those who claim the ability of forgiveness, especially in the media spotlight. Sometimes those who struggle the most, like Jane, come closer to real understanding and forgiveness, do you think?
I do not believe in unconditional forgiveness for everything (but then I am not Christian). If you forgive someone he will think he could do it again with no problem and do it (I mean serious things, not insulting someone when mad). I.e. according to the doctrine of forgiveness and turning the other cheek, if A kills B, B's relatives forgive him, and also, so does the law-since no one brings a suit against him, and the whole idea of law becomes useless, since law is for punishing not forgiving. Then A goes and kills C, and so forth.
If someone harmed someone I loved, I would definitely not forgive them. It is wrong to forgive excessively, since then the perpetrators know they are not punished and have nothing to fear. If you let people walk over you, they will.
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