Lingpupa wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:18 am
As I understand it, the (typically Christian?) concept of forgiveness does "not advise asking others to absolve us from our misdeeds" either. Surely Christian teachings ask us
to forgive others
, not ask them
to forgive us
- don't they?
I think part of the issue is where does "the Christian view" start and "views of Christians" end. The Christian view
on forgiveness is that the practitioner forgives them that trespass against him, and more importantly petitions the Lord that "He" may forgive them that trespass against "us" (presuming for the sake of example a Christian "we")
. The views of Christians
on forgiveness can have any degree of variability, much like that there is no guarantee that a "Buddhist" will hold proper "Buddhist views".
For instance, perhaps the author, who I will presume is not greatly educated in Christianity based on his article, grew up in a "Christian society" and various Christians around him held the view that if someone does not forgive you
for X action you
are wicked and possibly destined for damnation, thus shifting the focus from "I should forgive" to "You should forgive (or you will be in trouble)".
The son thought of past poverty, outlook humble, now having from father a treasure harvest, also father's house, all his wealth. Great joy - to have what was never before had.
Τῆς πατρῴας, δόξης σου, ἀποσκιρτήσας ἀφρόνως, ἐν κακοῖς ἐσκόρπισα, ὅν μοι παρέδωκας πλοῦτον· ὅθεν σοι τὴν τοῦ Ἀσώτου, φωνὴν κραυγάζω· Ἥμαρτον ἐνώπιόν σου Πάτερ οἰκτίρμον, δέξαι με μετανοοῦντα, καὶ ποίησόν με, ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου.
Your fatherly due I withheld unthinking, in evil I wasted your wealth; a prodigal cries, "I've erred, father, receive the repentant as serf."
妙法蓮華經 Κοντάκιον τοῦ Ἀσώτου