Viewer question from a television show I am watching. Was on right before Judge Mathis, 9:30pm timeslot. I love Judge Mathis, and Judge shows. Anyways.
It is stated similar to this, “Does God forgive willful sins or only unintentional sins? Should one stand on the promise of God and Jesus?”
I will not comment on whether answers given were right or wrong. Only in my opinion.
First. God does not make promises. God’s word is his will. So every spoke word of God is a promise, but technically not a promise because it will always come into fruition. That is the word of God. One cannot believe God makes a promise, only that he makes it into will.
Second. Jesus is not God, obviously, but Jesus does make promises. He actually makes several promises in the New Testament. He never actually promises whether sins will be forgiven or not. He only promises that sins committed before his time will be forgiven before his crucifixion, and that sins committed after the event, will be considered by God. Because one must remember that Jesus is NOT the final judge. Jesus himself says he is not the final judge at Second Coming.
Third. Whether or not a sin is intentional, is only decided by the final judge. Unless the sin was committed before Jesus’ crucifixion then it was automatically forgiven. Because all must face judgment at the end of Second Coming, it is up to God, the final judge, to decide whether or not a sin is intentional.
Fourth. Technically, sins whether or not intentional, are decided on a case by case basis. There are several examples of this. One example, would be say, The Wolf in the story of Saint Francis. The Wolf was not only forgiven for his sins, but deemed that the sin of eating people was unintentional. Saint Francis actually determined that it was not The Wolf’s fault, and it was hunger the culprit. However, this is done rarely, and on a case by case basis.
[Author’s note: Saint Francis is not canon, but I believe it should be.]
Fifth. No sin is actually left undecided whether intentional or unintentional as determined by Saint Paul. Saint Paul states that we all lie in wait even after death, we simply wait, for judgment as part of Saint Paul’s prophecy. So one cannot escape judgment even through death from God himself.
Sixth. I will stop here. In the Old Testament, technically, there are numerous cases where normal people are actually lured into sin. They are lured into sin by the devil. And even angels have been lured into sin by Lucifer. And God has determined that they will not be forgiven and banished into eternal damnation. For example- Adam and Eve. Even was lured by the devil himself, and was Eve determined to have willfully sinned? No, but it does not forgive the fact. For then they were both banished from the Garden of Eden. There many many examples.
Seventh. These are only the opinion of me, and I am nothing before God. So too will I be judged by the final judge God. If one were to believe in the good book.