Jesus helped everyone and anyone who came to him—poor beggar or prostitute, wealthy tax collector or Pharisee. The divide for Jesus was not between the poor and the rich, but between the proud and the repentant, regardless of income or social standing. Miss that, and you miss everything.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1731
We are not machines that need to be fixed. We are transgressors who need to be forgiven.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1145
Forgiveness does not necessarily mean that sin is eliminated—it means that the threat sin poses to man’s relationship to God is eliminated. There is all the difference in the world between being sinless and being forgiven!
— Alister McGrath, from Understanding Jesus, p. 163
The incarnation shows man the greatness of his wretchedness through the greatness of the remedy required.
— Blaise Pascal, from Pensées, 352/526
Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness.
— C. S. Lewis, from Mere Christianity
The appalling cost of forgiveness to God is shown in the cross. God does not simply say, ‘Never mind,’ to the sinner, pretending that sin never happened or that it is of no significance. We wouldn’t accept that concept of forgiveness for ourselves, so why should we force it on God? True forgiveness involves facing and recognizing the great pain and distress caused by the offence—a process for which the cross is perhaps the most powerful illustration known. The love of God for his people is expressed, not in a soft and sentimental way, but in the context of the seriousness of God’s hatred for sin.
— Alister McGrath, from Understanding Jesus, p. 109
An elementary school teacher penned these simple words about a boy who was struggling in her class; he had come to the teacher begging for another chance. Continue reading