It seems that you think atheists are a different life form than religious people, do you really not understand how we could process basic emotions and interactions without God telling us how and why? Do you only believe in forgiveness and hope and being a good person because the bible tells you to?
Anyway, yes, I believe in forgiveness because human beings make mistakes. Not one of us is perfect or without regret. Life is too short to dwell on someone else's mistakes (or our own when it comes to forgiving ourselves).
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Guess, we're human too.
What an interesting question. Is forgiveness theology based?
This one is just the first that came up on a Google search:
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Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well."
I don't see any suggestion forgiveness is even limited to any belief.
Forgiveness for our sins by a Supreme Being? No. How would that work for an atheist?
Forgiveness in terms of our forgiving others for hurts they may have caused? Of course.
Forgiveness by our friends and family for hurts we've caused? Certainly and with hope.
The Christ went to the toilet, eat food, lived in a home (sometimes) and did normal things like most people initially.
An atheist is a human being with a body and Soul. Just like you and me. You are such a nice guy, Dwight. Do not get caught up in this crazy mental world of some I know. Spirituality has always been the language of the child; the pure in Heart.
Not for those who separate, divide, isolate or alienate; not for the narrow or inflexible. Chose your friends well. A tree that is well nourished will bear good fruits. Why shouldn't atheists forgive? Why should they not love indeed!
Give them their space, Bro. Let us worry about our own inner state, correct our foibles. This should be more than enough for us. Much Love, my brother.
Yes. Of course we do.
Why? Because people make mistakes, we all make mistakes - forgiving someone for past wrongs against you acknowledges that you understand that humans aren't infalliable.
Having someone forgive you also shows they understand the same thing.
Forgiving yourself is another matter but still all the same.
One does not need a belief in a supreme being to forgive. Or do anything else actually
Atheists are normal human beings having ideological differences from theists about their belief in God. But this doesn't mean that they don't believe in forgiveness. Forgiveness smooths our interpersonal relations as we all are liable to make so many mistakes knowingly or unknowingly.
In the first place, we should learn to forgive ourselves so that we can forgive others easily for their mistakes. If we can forgive easily, we are actually doing big favor to us by saving ourselves from emotional turmoils.
By easily forgiving others for their shortcomings, we actually raise the collective consciousness of our society.
Yes of course. Forgiveness is not solely a theistic concept, nor does it require divine instruction or inspiration.
Forgiveness is a choice we make to let go of negative feelings in light of a circumstance in which we have been wronged. It is really not about the other person, but about the choice we make to let something go, for our own peace of mind. A person does not have to ask forgiveness in order for us to forgive them.
To error is human&to forgive is divine.Atheists are also human beings,we develop good character&beliefs from our home.
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