Forgiveness of Christianity
The current news is quite devastating if you pay close enough attention to the religious
community . Babies are being given herpes during an archaic jewish ritual. Pastors are using their position of trust and power to have sex that has some people straddling the line of whether to condemn the person. This guy had the mental capacity to NOT entice the girl into a sexual relationship. By any standard this is considered rape because of not only age but circumstances of their relationship.
What does the Bible say about forgiveness
Lets look at a few verses from the "good" book about forgiveness:
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 NIV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
does the religious community use these verses about forgiveness? Well by forcing rape victims to forgive their rapists. They have to forgive them or they will be judged by god and they will go to hell. They force these rape victims to "walk it off" and act like it was nothing. It's not something you can just walk off you assholes. This is serious emotional, psychological, and often times physical trauma and you just want them to act like it was no big deal? They also tell the victim to look for the sin that cause their rape. Pushing the blame on the rape victim is simply just wrong and they should be ashamed of themselves.
This isn't the only way they mentally abuse these rape victims either. Patrick Henry College's Sandra Corbitt told a student:
“If you were telling the truth about this,” Sarah remembers Corbitt saying, “God would have kept you conscious to bear witness to the abuse against you.”
Who the fuck would say that to a rape victim. An asshole that's who.
PHC isn't the only private Christian College getting in on the victim blaming and shaming either. Pensacola Christian College has also accused its rape victims.
What else does this horrible excuse for a book have to say about forgiveness?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV
If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
2 corinthians 2:5-8 NIV
Not only are you supposed to forgive people over and over and over and over.... but you are also supposed to pitty them. Apparently the "punishment" inflicted by other people warrants their forgiveness. I'm here to tell you that is bullshit. Utter and complete bullshit.
While these verses may prove just fine for smaller, trivial offenses, what about rape? Should you forgive a rapist ever? Personally, I don't think you should but if it isn't me then I'm not going to force you to do anything. I don't think someone that would force themselves on another person like that should ever be given the satisfaction of forgiveness, especially a child.
But what do you see in the news lately?
- Pastor charged with child porn and rape after dodging charges in another state
- Pastor rapes boy: Church knew pastor was convicted sex offender
These situations could have been so easily mitigated but yet their book says to forgive and if christians are good at doing one thing it's doing something that requires minimal effort and care.
And here is the cycle starting all over again:
- Church deacon who blamed Satan for sex abuse could have sentence cut to 1 year
- Former Vicar charged with assaulting school girls
- Christian Radio Show host caught buying sex with underage boys
- Former Pastor found guilty of five sexual offences
If you're a christian reading this post, please end the cycle of unwarranted forgiveness and recogize that either people don't want to change or they can't change some aspects about themselves.
Rapists shouldn't be forgiven and their crimes should absolutely never be forgotten.