“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #5

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;

Question: How does God “forgive us our debts”?

Answer: We know from the Bible that God is very willing to forgive:

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” (Ps. 145:8, 9)

It is from the teachings of Christian Science that we learn how God forgives:

“Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin which incurs the penalty. This is my sense of divine pardon, which I understand to mean God’s method of destroying sin.” (S&H 40:9)

“To me divine pardon is that divine presence which is the sure destruction of sin; and I insist on the destruction of sin as the only full proof of its pardon.”  (No 31:11)

“We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.”
(S&H 497:9)

“Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin? Then ‘ye ask amiss.’ Without punishment, sin would multiply. Jesus’ prayer, ‘Forgive us our debts,’’ specified also the terms of forgiveness.
When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, ‘Go, and sin no more.’”  (S&H 10:31)

As we have read above, God’s forgiveness is experienced in the destruction of sin. This makes us truly free from debts.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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