The Justification for Forgiveness


From A Course in Miracles :

Anger is never justified . Attack has no foundation . It is here escape from fear begins, and will be made complete . Here is the real world given in exchange for dreams of terror . For it is on this forgiveness rests, and is but natural . You are not being asked to offer pardon, where attack is due, and would be justified . For that would mean that you forgive a sin by overlooking what is really there . This is not pardon . For it would assume that, by responding in a way which is not justified, your pardon will become the answer to attack that has been made . And thus is pardon inappropriate, by being granted, where it is not due .

Pardon is always justified . It has a sure foundation . You do not forgive the unforgiveable, nor overlook a real attack that calls for punishment . Salvation does not lie in being asked to make unnatural responses, which are inappropriate to what is real . Instead, it merely asks that you respond appropriately to what is not real by not perceiving what has not occurred . If pardon were unjustified, you would be asked to sacrifice your rights when you return forgiveness for attack . But you are merely asked to see forgiveness for attack . But you are merely asked to see forgiveness as the natural reaction to distress that rests on error and thus calls for help . Forgiveness is the only sane response .

This understanding is the only change that lets the real world rise to take the place of dreams and terror . Fear cannot arise unless attack is justified, and if it had a real foundation pardon would have none . The real world is achieved when you perceive the basis of forgiveness is quite real and fully justified . While you regard it as a gift unwarranted, it must uphold the guilt you would ” forgive “. Unjustified forgiveness is attack . And this is all the world can ever give . It pardons ” sinners ” sometimes, but remains aware that they have sinned and so they do not merit the forgiveness that it gives .




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