if you forgive them, then WILL they burn in hell?
i thought that was partly the point.
my catholic childhood was a bit light on the policy and protocol of forgiveness between people, other than that the forgiveness God gives means that you WON’T be spending eternity in Hell. it was big on guilt, though: no forgiveness needed for the guilt trip.
my atheist present is a bit sceptical of the ‘afterlife’ effects of forgiveness, other than as a way of reconciliation between two people: the offender and the offended. which is not a bad thing, but if the two never meet again it has absolutely no effect on the forgiven, only the forgiver (which is why road rage should never be forgiven). [/quote]
I thought we were supposed to forgive for 2 reasons
Our own mental well being
So God could blast them later when he does his judgement day thing - would be mean for them to be punished twice after all