Originally posted by thesonofsaul
One of my chief problems with Christianity is that it is centered around acceptance of forgiveness and redemption, when that is not what it is all about. The act of offering yourself up and asking for forgiveness is key; the acceptance of that plea is immaterial. Darfius, you offered your apology not because you expected to be forgiven, but instead be ...[text shortened]... eligion should be about, not the crime and punishment thing you got going on now.
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What would it mean to 'ask for forgiveness', and yet not accept it when it is offered? Most of these 'spiritual' concepts we talk about are not so different from the physical issues we deal with every day. Like if I ask for a pizza, I will be sure to accept it if you are so very generous enough to share yours. If I didn't, after I asked for it, you'd think I was weird. (I mean, weirder!)
If I never recognize my hunger, admit it, and find out who has the good heart of a pizza sharer, then humble myself enough to ask for some, I would never get any. (Being a Gentleman you would respect me enough not to force feed me) I would go on being pizza starved, and when you've taken your stash and moved on, (Talk about the end of the world!) I'd be lost in my own little pizzaless world. Not really 'punished', but certainly suffering.