How Would God Feel Then?

This is (only structurally) adapted from the great Ingersoll. Ingersoll nails a poignant idea here.


Robert Ingersoll


In the sixth chapter [of Matthew] I find the following, and it comes directly after the prayer known as the Lord’s prayer:

 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.”

 I accept the condition. There is an offer; I accept it.

 If you will forgive men that trespass against you, God will forgive your trespasses against him.

 I accept the terms, and I never will ask any God to treat me better than I treat my fellow-men. There is a square promise. There is a contract.

 If you will forgive others God will forgive you.

 And it does not say:

 ·        you must believe in the Old Testament,

·        or be baptized,

·        or join the church,

·        or keep Sunday;

·        that you must count beads,

·        or pray,

·        or become a nun,

·        or a priest;

·        that you must preach sermons

·        or hear them,

·        build churches

·        or fill them.

  Not one word is said about:

 ·        eating

·        or fasting,

·        denying

·        or believing.

 It simply says, if you forgive others God will forgive you; and it must of necessity be true.

 No god could afford to damn a forgiving man.

Suppose God should damn to everlasting fire

a man so great and good, that he,

looking from the abyss of hell,

would forgive God,


—how would God feel then?

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