“But if You Do Not Forgive Others Their Trespasses, Neither Will….” Is God’s Love Really Unconditional?

theology like a child

"One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?....  he who is forgiven little, loves little.” -- Luke 7 “One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?…. he who is forgiven little, loves little.” — Luke 7

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As Thanksgiving is upon us are there persons that you need to forgive?  Consider this post an attempt at doing “the third use of the law”, the topic of my last several posts…

I am currently teaching a beginning Christianity course to university students. On the discussion boards last night, one asked this challenging question:

  • “If the person you hated most in the world, who you personally knew and could not stand, were the one to welcome you into heaven, would you be able to forgive them enough to go in?”

What a great question. The student was unsure where he had heard it (maybe C.S. Lewis, he thought). He…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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