To: Jeff Gordon
There's a huge difference between forgicing those who harm ME, for instance, and forgiving those who harm someone ELSE? How can I fogive thsoe who harm someone else? That's the job of someone ELSE. Often people get the whole concept of forgiveness confused. Dr. Laura talked about it (either on the radio or in a book, can't remember). But we cannot possibly forgive someone who has harmed someone else. It's downright arrrogant, and actually kind of insults the someone else. Say someone punches you in the face, and a total stranger rushes up to the perp (who isn't even sorry, by the way) and says to him, "I forgive you, I forgive you".
See the absrudity of that?
The other problem is that when a person does evil - and I am not tlaking about a privately practicing homosexual, who is not a predator, not a liberal, doesn't endorse what is going on, and doens't molest young people or give others AIDS - and this homosexual continues to do these things, isn't sorry, isn't about to stop - it's actually psychotic to forgive this person. FIrst of all, you'd have to keep forgiving him over and over, since he is continuing to do evil over and over. Second of all, this shallow forgiveness doesn't do him any good.
What will do him good is condemning what he does, in no uncertain terms. While maintaining an attitude of care about this person. I can love someone, while being angry at WHAT THEY DO. If I forgive someone who is advocating molesting and indoctrinating young people, this is not love, it is stupidity. And I will be contributing to the continuing evil that is done, with my (in essence) stamp of approval.
posted on 02/18/2004 6:51:51 AM PST
by little jeremiah
(everyone is entitled to their opinion, but everyone isn't entitled to be right.)
To: little jeremiah
Your philosophy is well thought through and logically consistent.
posted on 02/18/2004 2:00:24 PM PST
by Jeff Gordon
(arabed - verb: lower in esteem; hurt the pride of [syn: mortify, chagrin, humble, abase, humiliate])
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