the question is why if God has the magic word FORGIVNESS he didn't just forgave human beings?
Ok, this is my first post out of the introduction forum, so bear with me here.
(Note: I'm coming from the juridicial model that IacobPersul mentioned in earlier posts. This is my understanding of the question from that perspective.)
Why didn't God just say 'I forgive you' - why did Jesus have to die? I like the following analogy to explain the situation.
Say I allow someone (say my brother) to borrow my car, and give them the responsibility not to damage it in any way, to which they agree. My brother then borrows my car, and subsequently goes out and causes an accident that totals it. Now obviously, I'm not going to be happy about that because I trusted my brother, but because I love him, I won't hold the damage to the car against him.
He may be as sorry as ever, but that doesn't change the fact that the car needs to be fixed
for me to be able to use it again, and someone has to pay the bill for that to be fixed. My brother has no way to pay that bill - it is an impossibility for him.
What many Christians believe is that God sent his son to earth to pay the bill for the car to be fixed, so to speak. I could be as sorry as I liked, but that wouldn't change the fact that sin is something that God can't just overlook magically - it has to be paid for in some way. (Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.")
And that's the amazing thing - God sending his son to die in our place was a gift
, something he did because he loves every one of us who have sinned. And that gift is free - all I have to do is believe that Jesus did what my Bible says he did.
Also, on repentance: (this is from the notes in my NIV Study Bible). "Repentance is more than a change of mind or feeling sorry for one's sins. It is a radical and deliberate turning or returning to God that results in moral and ethical change and action."
(NIV note on Matt. 4:17)
So repentance involves action
, not just emotion or words. It is a turning away from sin and a turning toward God. That's why someone who says they have repented but continues to committ murder or rape has not truly repented - their actions testify that their words are false.