Originally Posted by Brad
Now Brad, that wasn't a nice thing to do, was it. If we can agree that it won't happen again, then I promise I'll forget all about it. OK?
Do you think repentance is easy as that? If so, I'd say you've been around too many Christians and of the wrong stripe.
Can you steal my bicycle and then ask God to forgive you while keeping the bicycle? If someone thinks that, he thinks he can con God.
True repentance means that you regret something in the past. If you could do it over again, you wouldn't do it. You regret the consequences. If you truly regret injuring me by taking my bicycle, you must return it to me. You will try to repair any damages you have brought about. If you're not willing to try to repair the damages, you're not really sorry. You would still have my bicycle and be able to ride it while I didn't have it. You want "forgiveness" while perpetuating injustice.
Sad to say, there are people who want God to forgive them without their doing a thing to alleviate the problems they have caused. This is, to me, a depraved view of what mercy is.
How can things be forgotten if the damages of sin are not addressed and still staring us in the face?