is divinely kind to sinners. When rebels return to righteousness,
they are mercifully received, "for our God will abundantly pardon."
"I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and
I will not remember your sins." 2:5.4
forgiveness of sin by Deity is the renewal of loyalty relations
following a period of the human consciousness of the lapse of such
relations as the consequence of conscious rebellion. The forgiveness
does not have to be sought, only received as the consciousness of
re-establishment of loyalty relations between the creature and the
one who is called by my name I have created for my glory, and
they shall show forth my praise. I, even I, am he who blots out
their transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember their
now, let us reason together,' says the Lord, 'Though your sins
be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool.'" 131:2.10
the wicked forsake his evil way and the unrighteous man his
rebellious thoughts. Says the Lord: 'Let them return to me, and
I will have mercy on them; I will abundantly pardon.'" 131:2.11
this is the sum of duty: Let no man do to another what would
be repugnant to himself; cherish no malice, smite not him who smites
you, conquer anger with mercy, and vanquish hate by benevolence.
And all this we should do because God is a kind friend and a gracious
father who remits all our earthly offenses." 131:4.6
religion of the Wise One cleanses the believer from every evil
thought and sinful deed. I bow before the God of heaven in repentance
if I have offended in thought, word, or act--intentionally or unintentionally--and
I offer prayers for mercy and praise for forgiveness. I know when
I make confession, if I purpose not to do again the evil thing,
that sin will be removed from my soul. I know that forgiveness takes
away the bonds of sin." 131:5.5
men and women ask what shall we do to be saved, you shall answer,
Believe this gospel of the kingdom; accept divine forgiveness."
admonish you to fear none, in heaven or on earth, but to rejoice
in the knowledge of him who has power to deliver you from all unrighteousness
and to present you blameless before the judgment seat of a universe."
forgiveness is inevitable; it is inherent and inalienable in
God's infinite understanding, in his perfect knowledge of all that
concerns the mistaken judgment and erroneous choosing of the child."
cross forever shows that the attitude of Jesus toward sinners
was neither condemnation nor condonation, but rather eternal and
loving salvation. Jesus is truly a savior in the sense that his
life and death do win men over to goodness and righteous survival.
Jesus loves men so much that his love awakens the response of love
in the human heart. Love is truly contagious and eternally creative.
Jesus' death on the cross exemplifies a love which is sufficiently
strong and divine to forgive sin and swallow up all evil-doing.
Jesus disclosed to this world a higher quality of righteousness
than justice--mere technical right and wrong.
love does not merely forgive wrongs; it absorbs and actually destroys
them. The forgiveness of love utterly transcends the forgiveness
of mercy. Mercy sets the guilt of evil-doing to one side; but love
destroys forever the sin and all weakness resulting therefrom. Jesus
brought a new method of living to Urantia. He taught us not to resist
evil but to find through him a goodness which effectually destroys
evil. The forgiveness of Jesus is not condonation; it is salvation
does not slight wrongs; it makes them right. True love does
not compromise nor condone hate; it destroys it. The love of Jesus
is never satisfied with mere forgiveness. The Master's love implies
rehabilitation, eternal survival. It is altogether proper to speak
of salvation as redemption if you mean this eternal rehabilitation.
by the power of his personal love for men, could break the hold
of sin and evil. He thereby set men free to choose better ways of
living. Jesus portrayed a deliverance from the past which in itself
promised a triumph for the future. Forgiveness thus provided salvation.
The beauty of divine love, once fully admitted to the human heart,
forever destroys the charm of sin and the power of evil. 188:5.2&3