WednesdayJul 27 at 9:51pm
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Does forgiveness occur proportionately? No, I do not believe that forgiveness occurs proportionately. When we look at the definition of proportionally, we say that in a way that it corresponds in size or amount to something else or has the same constant ratio corresponding to sides of similar triangles. To the extent that we are hurt, we can only forgive at the time a little. Forgiveness understood in this light is an unconditional act controlled exclusively by the victim, which allows him to break the bonds of hatred and resentment that tie him to the wrongdoer. Enright, thus, proposed a definition of forgiveness that is associated with the notion of compassion.
Can we forgive others’ sins? if so, how? No, it is impossible to forgive some else sins. We are only responsible for our own sin and that needs to be dealt with before we go to help someone else. granting forgiveness helps maintain a healthy outlook on life. With either sin, a person must acknowledge the wrong, apologize sincerely, compensate the injured if possible and agree to never do it again. Wrongs may be committed by both people. Be first to seek forgiveness. Stop thoughts of revenge and wishing bad things on the other. Next, let go of anger and resentment. If we cruelly fail to forgive ourselves, others, or God, we harm ourselves. Our Sages say we are judged by God the way we judge others. May we be able to grant, as well as to find forgiveness. “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5 (King James Version)
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 7 – King James Version. (n.d.). Bible Gateway. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7&version=KJV (Links to an external site.)
Zed, R. (n.d.). Faith Forum: Can a human forgive the sins of another human? Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/09/11/faith-forum-can-human-forgive-sins-another-human/72092196/
ThursdayJul 28 at 11:27am
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Can We Forgive Debts?
I chose to respond to the questions: Can we forgive others sins, If so, how? And, do you think debt cancellation will solve economic problems? If not, what alternatives will work?
Yes, we can forgive others sins and are commanded to do so. Matthew 18:21-21 “then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times” (ESV). It is clear that we are required to forgive others, just as we have been forgiven. How we forgive is where the challenge lies. Forgiveness does not simply mean offering platitudes or false statements of forgiveness while we harbor anger or ill will towards those who have wronged us. True forgiveness is an act of love. One of the greatest examples that I can think of is the story of Corrie ten Boom. Corrie was a prisoner at a concentration camp as a young woman. Years later, after her release, she encounters her captor and tormentor at her church. In that moment Corrie chose to forgive the man through an astounding act of grace. In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie tells of her ability to forgive as an act of God’s love towards us. “I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself” (ten Boom et.al., 2015, pg 139).
Debt cancellation will not solve economic problems. Forgiveness of debt merely treats the symptoms while the root causes that gave rise to the debt remain unchanged (Cowan, 2006). Although Cowan’s discussion centers on forgiveness of debt’s between nation states there is a similar argument for student loan forgiveness. There is a large and ongoing debate about student loan forgiveness to the point that it is discussed by every presidential candidate as part of their campaigns. Some candidates proposed programs are to forgive all student debt, others are to make four year colleges free, and there are numerous other variations of free college or loan forgiveness. The issue is not with the amount of debt that is being accumulated rather it is with the cost of attending college. “Between 2006 and 2016, the average cost of attendance for two- and four-year colleges increased by 31% for public, 24% for private non-profit, and 11% for private for-profit” (Huffman, 2022). Similarly, the federal loan programs were expanded and allowed nearly anyone to obtain student loans. The expansion of the loan programs increased the amount of money flowing to universities which contributed to rising costs and the increased loan debt for students. Loan forgiveness would not solve the fundamental issues of cost and the loose money policies of the federal student loan program. Only structural reforms to lower the cost of tuition and limit the eligibility for loans would solve the issue. Free market reforms and less government intervention are the solution to the problem of student loans and international debt.
Cowan, David. (2006). Economic Parables: The Monetary Teachings of Jesus Christ. InterVarsity Press.
English Standard Version Bible. (2001). Crossway Bibles. https://esv.org (Links to an external site.)
Huffman, Anna E. “Forgive and Forget? An Analysis of Student Loan Forgiveness Plans.” North Carolina Banking Institute 24 (2020): 449+. Business Insights: Global. Web. 28 July 2022.
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