December 19, 2010

Forgiveness, an Unfathomable Trait of God

So, I thought that I got a bit more indepth to my theology of forgiveness in this blog, but I went back and read my older posts and I didn't mention much (By the way, the older posts are a bit difficult to decipher, but have a lot of good material in them).

I don't know exactly what brought this topic back into my mind, but I know that it's one of my favorite ideas to contemplate and work through. The only problem with my theology is that it isn't strictly based off scripture. I do my best to check it against His word (and by all means, if you find a contradiction let me know), but it could still be off. These ideas are more to be taken and used to exercise your mind, to help you start to understand just how un-understandable God really is.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand: Forgiveness

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

(Psalms 103:11)

As far as I can see, this passage says that our sins are no longer connected to us. This is a simple passage, and most of us seem to 'know' what it means, but have a hard time believing it. This is where my theology comes in. What if this passage means that not only does God remove our transgressions from us, but from existence? If he says something doesn't exist, who are we to argue? He is what we base our reality on. He is the most existent of everything we know, because he is, and was, and will be to come.

How can this happen though? How can God remove something from existence that HAS clearly happened? Then an explanation started forming in my mind. What if it's like being put to sleep for a surgery? The pain is clearly happening, that's why they put us under in the first place, but when we wake we have no memory of it. To us it doesn't exist. How he forgets it, or uncreates it is another topic, but this is a good stepping stone to those and many other questions.

Just imagine the befuddlement of our accuser on the day of judgement. Listing off the crimes we have committed. And to his astonishment, and even more to ours, when Christ declares that none of it happened! That this evidence has to be thrown out of the court! That we are innocent!

a guy who likes to just sit and think

Thanks for reading! Comments, as well as follower, are appreicated and welcome!

And again, remember that this is only my theology. Use it as a tool, or a spur to start developing your own theology. Test mine against scripture, and against what you have been taught. Let it become a part of you once it has been tested.


  1. I've never thought of it like that before! Thank you so much for sharing your theology! I'll keep looking and studying this! Keep the posts coming :)

  2. Hi Ben! It's me, your sister ;-)
    I believe God is "done" with our sin, as it were, but that he remembers it happened- how else could we discuss recurring guilt with him if he'd truly forgotten our sin? I've definitely discussed past sin with God many times, so I believe he remembers it. However, when I am able to forget my own sin, he never brings it up with me.
    ~ Rachel

  3. Just a thought I had mid-post. C.S. Lewis argues (I believe in Mere Christianity) that God is in the present. The past happened yes, the future will come yes, but it is only in the present that we can be in relationship with Christ. It is in the present that we can truly be close to God. That would mean that when we accept His forgiveness and choose to walk in that forgiveness it truly is as if we never sinned because that is the present.
    That may have just been really confusing, especially without more on Lewis' theology, but this was my thought.