Thoughts on Forgiveness

It can be very tough to forgive someone who has wronged you.  It is especially tough when someone has deeply hurt you or a loved one.  Consider the recent shooting at a church in South Carolina.  To forgive the shooter is something I could NEVER do.  Yet Christianity requires people to forgive others who have sinned against you to reach Heaven.

“But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:15

If the Father does not forgive your sins, there is no place for you in Heaven, or so I’ve been told by a pastor in a sermon when I still attended church.  At first glance this makes sense.  Jesus supposedly came to Earth to wash away our sins.  The least we can do is forgive others, right?  Except that’s not what God does.  The Bible clearly states that God does not forgive all sins.

“Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” – Mark 3:28-29

So if Heaven requires you to forgive all sins done to you by others, and God does NOT forgive all sins, does this mean Heaven is God-less?  Scripture tells us this is the case.  As an Atheist I have no interest in a Heaven described in the Bible.  However, taking these verses, it turns out Heaven is God-less, so maybe Heaven is a worthy goal after all?  A Heaven without the God of the Bible sounds pretty good to me!  🙂

5 thoughts on “Thoughts on Forgiveness

  1. Great observation! Yes, perhaps one of the greatest absurdities I have ever encountered is this idea that God is eternally loving and forgiving, yet only for a finite period of time. If you miss the boat or you get your facts wrong, whoops, too bad for you! After all, you knew better. The Bible says you were just suppressing the truth. You knew that God existed all along. Ray Comfort recommends just looking at a banana! To be fair not all Christians would be that naïve in their answer.


      1. Comfort, tried to redeem himself later on by claiming ignorance about how humans have influenced the process of banana modification. However, he still held strong that it had to have been a result of design, which of course implies his God. Yyyyyyyyyyyyikes!

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  2. Hi! First, I love these blogs. I admit, I don’t quite get the jump you attempted at the end of this one. How does a god that has one eternal sin defined translate into a God-less heaven? That kind of leap suggests the same type of approach we see from Christians apologists trying to defend their faith. Given that I read the Bible not as someone trying to believe, I actually took away a different point from this blog; that God was yet again based on human traits. Just as you have your own set of standards by which you would or would not forgive someone, like not forgiving the SC shooter, so has God been given the trait of not forgiving when the sin is a direct attack against the Holy Spirit, which is the supposed to be the space within God where we has humans are supposed to act in accordance to his law. This God, at least in this very finite example, is basically saying that he will not forgive horrendous acts that betray the adherence to the Holy Spirit’s supposedly divine nature, which can be an act like murder (being one of the fifteen, oops, no, ten commandments hehe). Having said all that, it’s all pointless, because the reward of forgiveness is still most likely bullshit and is contradicted several times in other chapters anyway.

    Thanks again for the wonderful series.


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