God Knows.

Part II

Why didn’t God just say “Let all sins be forgiven!” and they would be?

In contrast to the theatrics of the prophets of Baal, Elijah quietly makes his request to the Lord — “Oh Lord, answer me so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have turned their hearts back.” (1 Kings 18:37)

So what was amazing then wasn’t the fact that a great divine fire had burnt up the sacrifice –it was that Yahweh had ‘responded’.

And if we’d understood what really happened at the time of a sacrificial offering, we’d understand God (and the way he loves) a whole lot better.

The sacrifice itself is not important to God, it’s his acceptance of the sacrifice that is important to US!

Now remember, we believe that when God accepts our offering (or our sacrifice), we can come back home to a relationship with him. This is why every time we go to Mass, we make an offering to the Lord. And even here, it is his acceptance of the offering that is of the most importance.

And then we offer each other a sign of peace. But if that peace isn’t heartfelt — and God knows if it isn’t! — he’s not going to accept our sacrifice! Now isn’t this whole idea of the “sacrifice” beginning to sound like an elaborate and clever ploy to get us to make peace with each other in the first place?

A sinless man, Jesus shouldn’t have been able to relate to our sins at all… even the little tiny lies. And yet, he forgave conspiracy and subterfuge, betrayal and deceit, lies, violence, blasphemy, and finally murder.

If Jesus had died for the sins of the world, but not shown mercy in his last words, even HIS sacrifice would not have been acceptable to God.

For if it is through his mercy towards us, that we know that God loves us, it is through our mercy towards others that God knows that we love him.

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