Forgiveness

One of the key teachings in Christianity is the idea of forgiveness. Collect stories and ideas from the life of Jesus, or other Christian sources, to show why Christianity is so focussed on forgiveness and some examples taken either from the Bible or from real life. Note that real life examples should be significant, not small personal issues.

Christianity is a religion of forgiveness. Jesus talks many times about forgiveness. In the Lord’s Prayer (In Matthew 6) he tells us to ‘forgive us our tressapasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’ – no-one is perfect and so we should not judge others, but forgive them the things that they do wrong as we would hope they will forgive us.

A famous example of this is the woman taken in adultery; that is a woman who is caught cheating on her husband. The Jewish Law says she should be stoned to death but Jesus response is different.

Notice he does not say what she has done is OK, but that she should sin no more. However, stoning her to death is not the answer!

Jesus also tells us that we should ‘turn the other cheek’ and ‘pray for those who persecute us’. How realistic do you think this is?

Many people do horrible things to each other, killing sons and daughters, wives and husbands, stealing and hurting. Do you think it is always possible to forgive? You might find out stories of things that have happened in wars, in real life or in books or films. In each case you can describe what happened and say how realistic it might be to forgive that person.

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