Christianity and the concept of forgiveness, Tiho S.

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Short text by Tiho S.

In this time of a new age and of youth who are less and less going to Sunday Mass, it is important to ask why this is so and whether those who do go to Mass are really better people than those who do not. The end of the previous sentence represents the classic thinking of a Pharisee who thinks that he has been given to other people by God and that those other people are somehow worse than him. Should not forgiveness be the main criteria for whether someone is a good person or not? The biggest emotional pain, according to psychologists, is the loss of a child. But what happens when a child does not simply die but is murdered? Do not most people swear by hatred and revenge instead of forgiveness? Of course, it is easier said than done when it comes to telling those parents should just forgive and move on with their lives. But that is the time when faith is put to the test and when it will be seen in its essence whether we are really Christians or the same as those murderers. Most flee the choice into the arms of to neither forgiveness nor revenge, but the hatred remains. It is not news that forgiveness is a gift to the one who forgives, and not to the one who is forgiven. A lot of people have not understood this yet. The question for everyone that reads this (especially if you consider yourself a Christian) is simple. What would you do in that situation? Would you be a Christian only when it suits you or also when it is hardest? Is your faith real or just an illusion of Christian behavior? It is known that Peter was forgiven for denying Jesus three times, and that Judas was not forgiven for betraying him. The only difference is that Peter asked for forgiveness, and he got it, and Judas believed that his sin was unforgivable and hanged himself. Forgive and ask for forgiveness whenever you see that you have made a mistake. That is a virtue, not a flaw!