Forgiveness – Biblical
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)
Central texts: Gospel of Matthew 6:12-15; 9:1-8; 18:21-35. What would a religious community look like where the most fundamental rule was interpersonal forgiveness? Would the concept of forgiveness lose its unique force? Especially the Gospel of Matthew makes a serious proposal for such an ideal community. But what kind of speech act or event can be truthfully be called “forgiveness”? How does it come about? What does it change? Where are its limits? What happens to the wrongdoing after it is forgiven? And why are financial metaphors (debt) especially suitable for this interaction?