This is (only structurally) adapted from the great Ingersoll. Ingersoll nails a poignant idea here.
HOW WOULD GOD FEEL THEN?
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:
· or fasting,
· 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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There you will find amazing things about the man who may have been heard by more people than any other until radio. It is in an easy-to-scan newspaper format.
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