Posted by keith on April 29, 1998 at 20:24:05:
I have just read some of the postings on this page and find myself with many questions. Some have asseverated that God will forgive the unrepentent. What if the man refuses to repent of not forgiving his neighbor? In a word, the mans sin is unforgiveness. Can God in his goodness forgive this 'unforgiving spirit?' I say that God in noway can forgive this man. It is not that God 'won't' forgive but that He can't forgive the unrepentent. For God to 'forgive' the man while he remains in this state is to leave this man in his hatered. It is to leave the man in the hell of his unforgivness. The man that is unrepentent blocks the very door to forgiveness. It blocks the only possible commerce between the man and God. To forgive the unrepentent is not love; it is to condone the sin. For God to withhold his forgiveness from the man who will not forgive his neighbor is love as well as necessity. God loves the sinner so much that He can not forgive the sin. Any thoughts?