Dumb Idea #2: Forgiving Means Forgetting

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Dumb Idea #2: Forgiving Means Forgetting Empty Dumb Idea #2: Forgiving Means Forgetting

Post  Bryan on Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:19 am

This myth is that a Christian's forgiveness is the equivalent of non-occurrence, that Christians are to literally forget the transgression.

The biggest flaw here is that this myth is modeled after a perception of God's forgiveness. If God can forget sins, then how can He be omniscient? He can't. Osborne points out that many of the verses that this myth comes from contain the word 'remember' which is an incomplete representation of what the Bible is really saying. In the Bible, when God 'remembers', Osborne tells us that it really means God "renewed His work with the person or situation at hand."

So what does the Bible mean when it speaks of God remembering our sins no more? It means that He no longer responds to us in light of those sins. They no longer derail our relationship with him. They no longer garner His wrath.
When we offer forgiveness to those who have no excuse--and for things most of the world would consider unforgivable--we become most like Jesus. Remember, He died for sins He never committed to forgive people who had no right to be forgiven.
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord."
Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die."
2 Samuel 12:13-14
Osborne's referenced verses:
Genesis 7:23 - 8:1
2 Samuel 12:1-20
Psalms 103:11-12
Proverbs 14:15
Jeremiah 31:34
Micah 7:19
Matthew 5:39; 6:9-15; 12:22-32; 18:21-35
Luke 6:37; 17:3-5; 23:34
Romans 12:19
Colossians 3:13
Hebrews 8:12

Osborne, L. (2009). 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe (1st ed.). Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do. ...For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing.
Romans 7:15, 18-19


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