Did Jesus Ask God to Forgive All Those Responsible for his Death?

When Jesus hung on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23.34 NRSV). Christians have believed that Jesus was asking God to forgive everyone involved in his condemnation and execution, and some would add Judas in his betrayal of Jesus.According to the four New Testament gospels combined, this saying of Jesus is the first of seven brief sayings he made while hanging on the cross. But only Luke records this saying. Interestingly, there is sig … [Read more...]

Is Unconditional Love a Biblical Concept?

Yes and no. First of all, what is it? Unconditional love is the acceptance of a person without him or her meeting any conditions. In other words, it means having affection for someone without establishing limitations. So, unconditional love means loving someone irrespective of that person’s behavior. This popular idea of unconditional love is quite contrary to much of what God says in the Bible. It’s because humans are flawed, evidenced by our unseemly acts. That’s why God provided laws that he … [Read more...]


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