RE -- God and Evil (Christian teachings about forgiveness)

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  • RE -- God and Evil (Christian teachings about forgiveness)
    • Parables and stories of forgiveness
      • The Prodigal Son (parable)
        • Boy asks for all inheritance, spends partying
        • Famine, he asks for job from father
        • Father welcomes him back, older son unhappy
          • "[He} was lost and is found, was dead and is alive again"
          • The father represents God who wants to forgive
            • Must realise mistake, turn away, confess, repent, ask forgiveness
      • The woman caught in adultery (story/parable)
        • This teaches to condemn sin but to love the sinner
        • "If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone"
        • 'Go now and leave your life of sin"
    • Key Quotes (syllabus highlighted)
      • Lord's Prayer
        • "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors"
          • “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins”
      • Jesus' response when asked what should be done if a member fo the church sins against you, "as many as seven times"
        • “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times”
        • This tells you how forgiving you should be
      • “ If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn him the other.”
        • Jesus is pro-forgiveness , we must follow his teachings
    • How did the death of Jesus prove that forgiveness is possible
      • When Jesus died he bridged the gap between humans and God
      • This is a key point, he saved us from eternal damnation

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