(04/06/2016) To Forgive is Divine?

Posted: April 6, 2016 in Authority, Creation, Forgiveness, Grace, Judgment, Predestination, Reconciliation, Repentance, Sin
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Today, points are shared on divine accountability, human error, forgiveness, and the cross.  For those acknowledging the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross to provide atonement for their sin, forgiveness comes into view as a sacred operation performed only by GOD, and by those serving Deity as agents and spokespersons.  In forgiveness, forbearance, grace and divine prerogative are made visible, and revealed as permanent aspects of the divine makeup.  Forgiveness may not diminish or increase ones spirit content such as faith, holiness, and wisdom, however, forgiveness alters the fundamental nature and perfection of the Creation by its impact upon final judgment that acknowledges the presence of spirit matter, assigns value to all that exists (e.g., events, influences, objects, processes, things seen and unseen), and applies divine law to resolve conflicts and settle disputes.  Accord, balance, eternal glory, quality, and totality of the whole Creation are to be determined, and permanently set.  As an act of pardoning among carnal beings and living creatures, forgiveness often becomes a further expression of condemnation, error, lust, pride, self-promotion, sentiment, and slander.  Readers are encouraged to consider the following Scriptures, and the presentation below:

Mark 2:  7, King James Version (KJV):  7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

1st Kings 8:  46-50, KJV:  46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;  47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;  48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:  49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,  50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:

Ecclesiastes 7:  20, KJV:  20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Acts 17:  30-31, KJV:  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Colossians 1:  12-15, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

2nd Corinthians 4:  15-18, KJV:  15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sid” (Level 1 with 99 points, a member since November 08, 2009) posted the following:

 

Wht is the meaning of the proverb ‘to err is human, to forgive is divine?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.  (Matthew 22:  29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016); The Choice of Knowledge? (10/28/2015); Pointing Out Error? (10/07/2015); Justified Through Christ? (08/26/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); The God Concept? (02/13/2015); By Inspiration of GOD (10/27/2013)

 

“Sid”, the adage declaring “to err is human” speaks to the character, nature and substance of created beings and living creatures as compared to that of divinity.  This old saying is often used by those arguing that GOD is not righteous to eternally condemn, punish, or express wrath against sin and transgression of divine law.  Humans being error prone, fallible, and imperfect are seen as natural, normal, and even endearing aspects of human makeup.  Given that GOD could, yet does not, make miraculous interventions to prevent and save us when we are about to make a mistake, Deity is held to be the one that should be blamed and scorned as being at fault.  After all, they argue, divinity has imposed many of our associations and life conditions that result in error (i.e., success and failure are predetermined).  Sin is pervasive and unavoidable; and must appear as destiny, fate, karma, and bad luck.  With this in view, forgiveness is a form of sacred merchandise that may be bargained for, bought and sold, demanded as entitlement, and called for as a divine debt owed to those Deity has abused and victimized.  Failing to comprehend the operations of divine order that maintain existence and the universe, such pray for, and request forgiveness as a form of acceptance, approval, and “unconditional love” wherein GOD is to yield authority, or grant permission allowing error to continue without censure or challenge.  Those at fault, then, need make no confession or changes in attitude, self-management, and practice.  Transgressors should endure no suffering, and there even need be no pangs of conscience, remorse, or repentance.  Yet, for Christian believers, sorrow for sin is critical to humanity becoming “perfected” by GOD, and fully apprehending the blessing from Christ dying upon the cross as a sacrifice for our sin.  Forgiveness appears as divinity becoming manifest (active, present, visible) to permanently change and transform mankind.  Consider again how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 6:  3-7, King James Version (KJV):  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

(2.)  1st John 1:  8-10, KJV:  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, KJV:  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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