When Christian children are abused (e.g. by priests), is it true that God requires that they forgive their abusers in order to enter heaven?
- John SLv 72 months ago
NO, not true.
However, we are asked to forgive others BECAUSE we recognize that God has forgiven US of our own sins, and others of their sins, it would be hypocritical to not extend similar 'grace' to others.
There is a parable that talks about this - How a man was forgiven a HUGE debt, but then found a man that owed him a small amount of money and beat him until he paid. The parable is supposed to strike us as unfair and ungrateful.
Psychiatrists and Counselors ALSO agree with Christian principles that forgiving one's abuser or one who has wronged you is a KEY step in your own healing process and moving on from trauma.
Most modern therapists would agree that 'holding onto' anger, resentment, and revenge only causes the victim MORE long term harm.
- JeancommunicatesLv 72 months ago
No. The requirement for heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, but we are to forgive those who wrongfully use us. This forgiveness is for us and not for them. God will have His revenge on them.
- 2 months ago
It's a broken system. That's been proven over and over. I don't understand why anyone still follows it.