Paul's Passing Thoughts

Blank Check Forgiveness Equals Zero Sum Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on June 13, 2018

Originally published May 2, 2016

Completely absent from forgiveness mania among dumbed-down Christians is any kind of understanding in regard to how justice figures into the forgiveness equation. While insisting that “we forgive others the way God forgave us,” the formula presented for doing so is in no way, shape or form indicative of how God in fact forgives us. This is just one more example in the midst of myriad in considering how confused and illogical evangelicals are. While clamoring about with much indignation in regard to abortion’s devaluing of life, Christians witlessly ply blank check forgiveness and its default zero sum life equation.

Again, the contradiction is justice—justice only exists for the sake of life value. Invariably, injustice and zero sum life walk together hand in hand. It is no surprise that blank check forgiveness comes from the Protestant tradition as the Reformers believed that injustice only occurs between man and God. They considered horizontal injustice (injustice between people) a metaphysical anomaly. Hence, one never gets what he/she deserves in this life as everybody deserves eternal hell. And, to not forgive automatically makes you better than the person you are not forgiving. This is also where moral equivalency, blank check forgiveness, injustice, and zero sum life are all members of the same motley crew.

Blank check forgiveness devalues life by not holding people accountable for sinning against you or others. We don’t hold dogs accountable because they don’t know any better as animals of mostly instinct. And in essence, the same reasons are given for blank check forgiveness among people; they are “totally depraved” and enslaved to sinful instincts. In fact, John Calvin deemed humanity as nothing more than “worms crawling on the ground” while Martin Luther thought that description too charitable in regard to human nature.

Withholding forgiveness keeps the sin of the offender ever before them, and upholds life. Remember, sin is framed as a life/death paradigm in Scripture. This does not mean we do not leave revenge to the Lord, it means we uphold life by demanding repentance from each other. The opposite of revenge is loving our enemies, but in many instances, blank check forgiveness is the opposite of love.

It often reflects our view of others and the value of life in general.


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  1. Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on June 13, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    The greatest meme of all time.

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  2. Lydia said, on June 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM



  3. John said, on June 13, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    God said to Moses, “Come forth.” But the lazy old man came fifth and got a rubber duck.

    Seriously, here in Darkland, we’ve just had a guy in his twenties found guilty (triple murder and attempted murder) after he had axed his mom, dad, and older brother to death. He had also attacked his younger sister, rupturing her interior carotid artery and cutting into her face with the same ax. After that, he sat down in the living room, smoked cigarettes, listened to music, and only about three hours later called the police without any panic in his voice.

    This happened in 2016. The sister still does not speak; has amnesia (I wonder; I think it might be fear). My little point is that there are myriads of people who bemoan his three life-sentences, saying it’s too harsh; that “one day” God will deal with him, it’s not for those involved to pass any judgment . . . because “there but for the grace of God go [insert your own name].”



  4. Argo said, on June 14, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    The old epigram is among my favorites:

    It’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.


    • John said, on June 14, 2018 at 7:51 PM

      Argo, great epigram. Yes, “granting” permission would bestow some sort of super fake/elevated position of importance on the one granting permission, whereas the one who forgives will do so because she/he has compassion, love, and other Godly qualities in her/his heart. The one granting permission would go orgasmic in denying “permission,’ while the one denying forgiveness will have sorrow, which, in time, will turn to forgiveness when the time is right.

      I bet you a ripe fig I am right.

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