Did you ever pause to think about a world without forgiveness? To forgive is stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for an offense, flaw or mistake. Such bitterness fuels improper motives, hurtful results and inequity in society. To live unforgivingly is to live unlovingly, for love and anger cannot coexist in a human heart. The only way to purge the anger is to forgive. Therefore, the only way to genuinely love people is to forgive, because no human is without the capacity to mentally, emotionally or physically hurt another human being. We all have both good and evil tendencies within us.
Any religion that does not promote love, forgiveness and redemption from sin is bad for the world, yet many exist. In this context, I’m using the word religion to mean a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. It includes religions that believe in and worship a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. But it also includes secular religions that claim the moral superiority of one group of people over another. Each religion attempts to answer three fundamental questions for the individual?
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- Why is there evil in the world?
Every human has an innate desire for identity and purpose, however it’s the last question that speaks to the capacity to forgive. Even if we can understand why bad things happen, it still hurts. Bad things cause pain. Evil causes and thrives on discord.
Any religion that does not offer atonement for sin in perpetuity does not serve diversity, equity or inclusion. It doesn’t offer hope or redemption from sin. It seeks to divide and pit one group against the other. It believes not all people are created equal and some groups deserve to be discriminated against because of their color and gender.
The only world worth living in is the one that teaches and promotes forgiveness of sin for all people. Forgiveness is the key to unlock the door to the natural rights available to any soul, heart and mind. It is empowers the pursuit of a meaningful purpose and true happiness. It enables a life worthy of the calling we’ve received. The call is to love God and the people around us while we live the most authentic version of ourselves, while forgiving those same people as we do.