Is this a true statement?
“In the Scriptures God says,
“I swear by my very life
that everyone will kneel down
and praise my name!”
ACIM Lesson 249
Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.
Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end. What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can be sustained? The world becomes a place of joy, abundance, charity and endless giving. It is now so like to Heaven that it quickly is transformed into the light that it reflects. And so the journey which the Son of God began has ended in the light from which he came.
Father, we would return our minds to You. We have betrayed them, held them in a vise of bitterness, and frightened them with thoughts of violence and death. Now would we rest again in You, as You created us.
Matt 6:12 Forgive us for doing wrong,
as we forgive others.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the crippled man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”….10 I will show you that the Son of Man has the right to forgive sins here on earth.” So Jesus said to the man, 11 “Get up! Pick up your mat and go on home.”
“Being Mercy itself, the Lord is constantly forgiving a person’s sins; but sins cling to a person no matter how much he supposes them to have been forgiven. Nor are they removed from him except through a life in keeping with the commandments of faith.”
Ephesians 2:14-15, “Christ gave his own body to destroy the Law of Moses with all its rules and regulations” (CEV)
Where there is no Law there are no lawbreakers. Where there is no Law there is no sin, no guilt, no death. All Law breaking (sin) leads to guilt which requires punishment (death) in some form. The punishment guilt requires is enacted upon either oneself or projected onto another attempting to harm the other in some fashion. These are not separate, harming the other is harming oneself and harming ourselves is harming the other. We are not separate.
A person free of guilt will not harm another or themselves. Forgiveness is the means to recognize no one has harmed you and neither have your harmed yourself. God was never harmed and so he does not need to forgive nor does he need to punish us. Why then should we punish ourselves or others. All guilt and punishment of self and others is a waste of time and a self-indulgence.
Christ has set us free from the Law of sin and death. Rom 8.2 (NIV)
“Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!” 1 Cor. 15:55-57 (The Message)