Are We To Forgive Our Enemies?
Forgiven and Forgiving What the Jewish Temple Soldiers had just
done to Jesus would be called torture of the worst kind. Yet, as He faced
certain death on the stake, and in extreme agony, it says in the King James
Version of the Bible that Jesus said: "Father forgive them, for they know
not what they do." (Luke 23:34).
But in The Emphatic Diaglott, Containing the Original Greek Text
of what is commonly styled the New Testament (According to the Recession
of Dr. J.J. Griesbach) with an Interlinearly Word for Word English Translation,
A New Emphatic Version, based on the interlinearly translation, on the
renderings of eminent critics, and on the various readings of "The Vatican
Manuscript," No. 1209 in the Vatican Library, together with illustrative
and explanatory foot notes, and a copious selection of references, to the
whole of which is added a valuable alphabetical appendix, by Benjamin Wilson.
States on page 304, that Jesus ACTUALLY SAID: "AND JESUS SAID; O FATHER,
FORGIVE THEM NOT FOR THEY KNOW' WHAT THEY DO." DO YOU SEE HOW THE ANTI-CHRISTS
HAVE CHANGED SOME KEY SCRIPTURES IN THE PAST AND ARE STILL DOING SO WITH
THE NEW BIBLE VERSIONS WHICH ARE CONTINUALLY COMING OUT?
IN PSALM 69 WE FIND A PROPHECY CONCERNING CHRIST AND HIS ENEMIES
THE JEWS Psalm 69:1-70: "Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto
my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into
deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my
throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. THEY THAT HATE
ME WITHOUT A CAUSE ARE MORE THAN THE HAIRS OF MINE HEAD, THEY THAT WOULD
DESTROY ME, BEING MINE ENEMIES WRONGFULLY, ARE MIGHTY; then I restored
that which I took not away. O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my
sins are not hid from thee. Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD
of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded
for my sake, O God of Israel. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach;
shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and
an alien unto my mother's children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten
me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon
me. When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. They
that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O
God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from
them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the water flood
overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut
her mouth upon me. Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn
unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not
thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw
nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. Thou
hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries
are all before thee. Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness:
and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters,
but I found none. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst
they gave me vinegar to drink. LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE BEFORE THEM:
AND that which should have been for their welfare, LET IT BECOME A TRAP.
LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED, THAT THEY SEE NOT; AND MAKE THEIR LOINS CONTINUALLY
TO SHAKE. POUR OUT THINE INDIGNATION UPON THEM, AND LET THY WRATHFUL ANGER
TAKE HOLD OF THEM. LET THEIR HABITATION BE DESOLATE; AND LET NONE DWELL
IN THEIR TENTS. For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they
talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. ADD INIQUITY UNTO THEIR
INIQUITY: AND LET THEM NOT COME INTO THY RIGHTEOUSNESS. LET THEM BE LOTTED
OUT OF THE BOOK OF THE LIVING, AND NOT BE WRITTEN WITH THE RIGHTEOUS. But
I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. I
will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with Thanksgiving.
This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath
horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart
shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth
not his prisoners. Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and everything
that moveth therein. For God will save Zion, and will build the cities
of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. The seed
also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall
As you can clearly see, this is not a prayer for forgiveness,
but a prayer for condemnation forever. This is because Christ was praying
against the Jews who are not of our Israel people but are an alien people,
who's father is the Devil - Satan.
Most Judeo-Christian preachers say that we are to forgive those
who sin against us, and quote Matthew 6:12 among others for proof. They
will say "If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you: but if you do not forgive men, then your Father
will not forgive your transgressions." (Matthew 6:14-15)
But they will never tell you that you do not have to forgive your
alien enemies, such as the Jews. We know this to be true because we are
told by Isaiah: "The word that Isaiah the son of Amos saw concerning Judah
AND JERUSALEM...And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke
many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their
spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let
us walk in the light of the LORD. Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people
the house of Jacob, BECAUSE THEY BE REPLENISHED FROM THE EAST,..they please
themselves in the children of strangers. Their land also is full of silver
and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures...Their land also
is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which
their own fingers have made: And the mean man boweth down, and the great
man humbleth himself: THEREFORE FORGIVE THEM NOT." (Isaiah 2:1-9).
Thus, we can now clearly see that when Christ said to forgive
others, He was speaking of our Brother and Sister Israelites. Not the Jews
or any other aliens, but of our own Israel people. And we are to forgive
them to escape harm to ourselves. But why is it so hard for us to forgive?
How often have we heard something like, "I know I'm not perfect,
but I certainly haven't ever done anything so terrible as________." This
is to say, I'm not a great sinner - not like the one who sinned against
me; I deserve forgiveness but he/she doesn't. We see the actions of others
as evil, but our own flawed lives and actions we see as merely less than
Are We To Forgive Our Enemies?
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The popular slogan says, "Don't get mad, get even." Get revenge.
The natural man says that someone must pay. You hurt me, then you deserve
to be hurt. Some doctors estimate that up to 80% of people's illnesses
are caused by stress, much of which is due to deep-seated anger, hate,
old grudges and resentment of offenses that have never been forgiven.
The danger of such bitterness is that it eats like an acid to
produce more bitterness, destroy peace, raise blood pressure, corrode relationships
and to create a barrier to the Heavenly Father.
The humanist doctrine that every one is basically good has been
dinned into our ears for two generations until it is now part of the religious
doctrine: God loves you as you are; He accepts you as you are; forgive
the sinner not the sin. This says to us that we are basically a good person,
good enough, and don't require any extreme forgiveness. Why should I forgive
that fellow who is so wicked? This is pride speaking, and puts one in the
category of the Pharisee who prayed, "God, I thank thee that I am not as
the rest of men." But he failed to find justification in the eyes of God.
When we think of sin we think of a serial killer or the political
tyrant who has murdered millions, which makes us look good by comparison.
The comparison should be with the pure and righteous God Himself, Who created
us to be in His image. That thought is enough to humble the best among
us and lead us to pray, like the publican, "God be merciful to me a sinner."
The verse that says "All have sinned," means that all stand in
desperate need of forgiveness, forgiveness so extreme and to Redeem His
Israel People, God sent His only begotten Son. This leaves no room for
pride. If God so forgave me of my evil transgressions against Him, then
in humility, how can I not forgive those who sin against me?
To Forgive is not to Condone: Some may think that to forgive a
person indicates that they condone his or her evil actions. Not so. We
ask God to forgive because we recognize that we have sinned and that He
will not condone our actions, yet will forgive us. "...The blood of Jesus
His Son cleanses us from all sin...If we confess our sins, he is faithful
and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
(1 John 1:7, 9)
Forgiveness is not granted because we deserve it or because God
has changed the rules and decided that the sin was of no consequence. Neither
does it mean that He condones the sin. What it means is that God is merciful.
We are to show mercy in the same way, and forgive those who sin
against us. Rather than indicating that we condone the act done against
us, it reinforces the fact that the offense was sufficiently bad enough
to need forgiveness.
Such Mercy Is Not Weakness: A forgiving person sometimes may be
thought of as weak and spineless. Some think it courageous to retaliate,
get revenge, and make the other person suffer. But just the opposite is
true. When we ask for forgiveness of God we do not think it is due to His
great power, perfect love, and tender mercy. In fact, it takes no power
or courage to hate, to threaten, or to hold a grudge, against a brother
or sisters Israelite, it takes real strength of character to show mercy
to one's Israelite enemies, or to forgive a great transgression.
Forgiveness Is Liberation: Offenses unforgiven are walls which
block the free flow of thought as well as action. Note the negative effect
of Elie Wiesel's motto: "Never forgive, never forget." He and his tribe
have never sought forgiveness through Christ, or any other means and are
slaves to their own hate and hunger for revenge.
A wise person sees that not to forgive is to become a prisoner
of one's own pride and weakness. When you forgive another brother or sister
Israelite you may not change that person, but you open your mind to better
and more positive thoughts, and free yourself from the chains of the offense
which had bound you to that person.
Infinitely greater than this is the fact that by forgiving you
open the door by which you may be forgiven. God took the first step in
forgiveness, for while we were yet sinners, Christ died for His ungodly
children. (Romans 5:6-8) It wasn't because we are full of lovely and attractive
qualities that God gave His Son to die for us. Forgiveness through Christ
was made available to us because there is no other way for us to have life.
I am forgiven, not because I am good, but because God is good.
This is another reason it is difficult for some to forgive; they
have never confessed their own sinfulness and had the joy of being set
free by God's forgiveness for Christ's sake. "Just as the Lord forgave
you, so also should you." (Col. 3:13). One who has seen himself as a sinner,
fully deserving the penalty of death, and then has been forgiven through
God's grace and mercy in Christ, is filled with a sense of deep humility
and appreciation. A great burden of guilt has been lifted and in its place
is a sense of freedom. That freedom and joy he gladly shares by imitating
God and granting forgiveness to others.
"I am gong to show that real religious persecution is uniquely Jewish...In
the time of Justinian, in the sixth century, the Jews massacred Christians
in Caesarea and destroyed their churches. When Stephanus, the governor
attempted to defend the Christians, the Jews fell on him and slew him.
In 608 A.D., the Jews of Antioch fell upon their Christians neighbors and
killed them with fire and sword...About 614 A.D., the Persians advanced
upon Palestine and the Jews, after joining their standard, massacred the
Christians and destroyed their churches. Ninety thousand Christians perished
in Jerusalem alone." (The International Jew, Henry Ford (1922), pp. 171,
173; Who is Esau-Edom? Charles A. Weisman, p.100)