posted on Mar, 4 2013 @ 12:46 PM
reply to post by trysts
This is a common misconception I hear quite often.
It is a gross oversimplification leading many to believe that things like "deathbed confessions" hold any weight.
We are to forgive one another, however there is nothing stating that this forgiveness be unconditional. There needs to be some form of atonement
involved (NOT revenge) so as to keep with the teachings that we are to love one another as we love ourselves.
Intentionally harming another human being simply shows that there is a complete absence of love. One is only thinking about themselves. A hollow
request for forgiveness without even trying to own up to past mistakes or correct them again is only thinking about oneself.
To break this cycle, one has to demonstrate that they truly mean what they say when they ask for forgiveness, and when this happens, we are not to
harden our hearts so much that we are unwilling to accept it.
So far I am of the same opinion as many, that these erstwhile clergy leaders who are coming forward are only sorry that they got caught, and seem to
have a clear conscience about the crimes they have committed over the years.
It will take much, much more than that to demonstrate where their hearts really are and when they do then we can discuss forgiveness.