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from frequent posts to Religion Chat Room q35

Being Forgiven

Christians are constantly saying the word "Saviour".

But I what I see in their actions brings to mind more frequently the word "SAVOR".
They actually find their sins very savory just like Isaac, who loved Esau's savory wild game dishes. They may abstain from sinning, but they still savor their past memories of sin's sweetness.

Interestingly enough, that verse is the first occurance of the word LOVE in Genesis: Genesis 27:4  And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

Some students once asked a famous Rabbi the following question: "If a man commits a sin, and then repents and prays for forgiveness, when and how will they know that God has forgiven them?"

The Rabbi's answer was very interesting. He said:

"When you reach the point where the VERY THOUGHT AND MEMORY of your sin is hateful and odious to you, rather than feeling sorry, but SAVORING the memory of your sin,...
when your heart and mind and nature have been TRANSFORMED in THAT fashion,
know that you have experienced a TRUE miracle, and your sin has been forgiven.

This is a very different concept from the Christian concept of Atonement through Faith in Christ.


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